Removing a tooth from the oral cavity would be required during certain oral conditions. The tooth extraction may be intended towards controlling the extent of an infection, treating malocclusion, removing a badly damaged tooth, or to get rid of an impacted tooth. Whatever may be the reason, a tooth extraction proves very helpful to keep one’s oral health balanced.
When is an extraction required?
- External trauma: The teeth may undergo severe damage in the form of chipping or cracks when you take a hard
blow to the mouth. Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of tooth damage, which can even break off a tooth
right near the gum line. During such situations, we would diagnose the condition thoroughly and decide whether or not the tooth can be saved. If no restorative method can help to save the tooth, it will have to extracted to help you keep away from a whole lot of pain.
- Impacted teeth: Sometimes, the teeth tend to get stuck in the socket due to certain complications while emerging.
This condition can be highly painful and lead to the infection of the impacted tooth and the surrounding gums. We
would carefully remove the tooth, either as a whole or in sections, and provide the right treatment to alleviate the
- Infection or Tooth decay: Cavities are the most commonly encountered oral condition among individuals of all age
groups. The accumulated plaque and tartar lead to the erosion of the enamel, thereby exposing the inner layers of
the tooth to microbes. It can lead to a root canal infection if left untreated, which would entirely jeopardize one’s
oral health. We will definitely try to restore the tooth using fillings, crowns, or even a root canal procedure. But, if it
is too badly infected, it is best to have it extracted.
- Orthodontics: Orthodontics deals with changing the alignment of the teeth to give you a better smile. If the teeth
have to be moved from their positions, they will need some space adjacent to their position. Hence, in most cases,
a molar may have to be extracted from either side of the jaw to allow the teeth to move from their positions.
How is an extraction carried out?
Tooth extraction is a very simple procedure. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly prior to starting the procedure. This
ensures no microbes enter the site of extraction after the tooth is removed. Since the extraction of the tooth could be painful, we would administer local anesthesia to the gums so that the tooth, soft tissues, and the jawbone would go numb. This way, the pain, and discomfort would almost be nullified.
We use dental forceps to grip the tooth firmly. The tooth would be attached to the gums and the socket through thin fibers, which also help to hold it in position. We gently shake the tooth to loosen it and break the fibers, after which it will be extracted in one single pull. During this whole procedure, you would feel absolutely no pain at all (thanks to the anesthesia) except for a slight sensation of pressure when the tooth is being pulled out from the socket.
Aftercare tips would be given regarding how to brush your teeth, food habits that you should follow, etc. The appropriate
the pain-relieving medication would be given to keep you comfortable after the anesthesia wears off.
Call us at (262) 886-9440 or schedule an online appointment to know more about dental extractions.