Tooth extractions are a dental procedure in which the tooth needs to be removed from its socket. Most of the time, tooth extractions might need to be performed by dental surgeons, but general dentists might also be capable of doing this surgery.
Tooth extractions might sound scary at first, and even more if you haven’t gone through that process before. Some might believe that a tooth extraction is only necessary when the tooth shows signs of damage, shows signs of decay, etc.
However, teeth might need to be extracted due to a number of different reasons other than just cosmetic ones.
You might need a tooth extraction for the following reasons:
- If the tooth shows signs of severe damage and cannot be repaired with a cosmetic procedure (such as a crown).
- If the tooth shows evidence of severe decomposition/decay. The bacteria that is produced by the decay can reach the center of the tooth which may cause a severe infection and, if remaining untreated, might spread to other teeth. This can also be treated using a root canal procedure.
- If the tooth is impacted with another one (in this case, a piece of bone might need to be removed to access the tooth) and cannot come in properly. This mostly happens with wisdom teeth. A tooth is impacted when it can’t come out due to another tooth blocking it, or when the gums did not erupt to their fullest and prevent it from coming out.
- If the elimination of teeth overcrowding is needed.
- If the patient had an accident (this procedure is only needed if the tooth cannot be preserved or saved).
- If a dental procedure requires the tooth to be removed.
For the tooth to be extracted, the dental surgeon/dentist will evaluate your medical background and have you undergo some tests just to make sure everything is ready to start the procedure. The dental surgeon/dentist will offer you the methods that can suit you the best.
Types of extraction procedures:
There are 2 different types of dental extractions. The right type of extraction will be chosen based on the complexity of the necessary procedure:
A simple extraction is usually needed when the procedure can be performed on a tooth that is visible in the mouth. This can usually be done using local anesthesia.
This will need to be performed if the tooth is not visible in the mouth and cannot be easily accessed. This procedure is needed when the tooth has not grown in yet or if it's broken under the gumline.
This procedure is more complex; an incision might need to be performed to elevate the tissues that are covering the tooth and expose it. If it’s necessary, the tooth might be broken into multiple pieces to make its removal easier.
These extractions are usually performed using general anesthesia.
Tooth extractions are considered to be the last resort of dental solutions; the goal is to preserve your permanent and/or existing teeth as long as it is possible to do so.
Tooth extractions are commonly performed on wisdom teeth; sometimes, wisdom teeth can end up impacting other teeth or the gum tissue, or cause pain while growing into the mouth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are known as your third pair of molars. They usually grow out between the ages of 17 and 21. They’re called wisdom teeth because they come out at a mature age.
If wisdom teeth come through correctly, they can help you chew your food. It’s normal for you to feel a little discomfort when they start coming through, but if you experience pain, you should contact your dentist for help as soon as possible.
When do you need to have your wisdom tooth extracted?
If your dentist deems the growth of your wisdom teeth to be potentially harmful to your other teeth, he or she might ask you to come in for periodical evaluations to monitor how it’s coming out.
Your dentist will stay on the lookout for the next possible situations:
- Wisdom teeth that aren’t coming through in the right position might allow food to be stuck in a gap between that tooth and another one. This might cause cavity-causing bacteria to grow in place and spread the infection to other teeth.
- Wisdom teeth that haven’t grown out in their totality might allow bacteria to enter the gums. This could eventually lead to infection.
- Wisdom teeth that don’t have enough space to come out might cause teeth overcrowding or cause damage to other neighboring teeth.
- An impacted wisdom tooth can form cysts on the impacted tooth zone or the area surrounding it. This can destroy the bone that supports your teeth or damage the roots of nearby teeth.
A wisdom tooth might need to be removed if it's starting to cause any of these:
- Signs of infection
- Cysts on the tooth or the surrounding area.
- If gum disease takes place.
- Signs of decay/decomposition.
The dentist/dental surgeon will give you the best available options based on the evaluations and tests he or she has performed.
Wisdom teeth extraction aftercare:
Wisdom teeth extraction/removal is an outpatient surgery. This means that, if you decide to undergo the tooth extraction surgical process, you will leave the surgery center on the same day that you arrived. If the dental surgeon considers it to be necessary, he or she might use general anesthesia.
Your dentist will walk you through the process and will give you the right steps to follow after the extraction. It is recommended to bring a companion to assist you after the surgical process is done. The dentist will also inform your companion about the same steps.
If you want to read more about how to take care of your teeth after you’ve gone through this procedure, please refer to these next sites.
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How much does a tooth extraction cost?
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