While teeth were meant to last for a lifetime, there are instances when tooth extractions are necessary. The number one priority of our dentist is to save your teeth at all costs. That is why if you have dental cavities, our dentist will try filling them. At times, you might need bone grafting if you have loose teeth. If the teeth are severely damaged, then an extraction becomes the best option.
Other than teeth being damaged through trauma, the other reasons for tooth extractions can be:
Extra teeth in the mouth that prevent the emergence of other teeth. Sometimes, milk teeth take too long to fall out, and this hinders the emergence of permanent teeth.
Big teeth which may be a hindrance in performing orthodontia, and hence have to be extracted.
To create room for teeth to be moved appropriately and aligned when you are getting braces.
Cancer drugs may affect the teeth because they weaken the immune system and cause dental infections. The infected teeth may need to be extracted.
After the immune system has been weakened when you have had an organ transplant or if you are receiving chemotherapy. When these drugs suppress the immune system, a simple tooth infection can be fatal. Even the risk of infection is enough reason for you to get a tooth extracted.
If tooth decay has extended to the dental pulp and has caused an infection, root canal treatment, most of the time, solves this problem. But if the infection is so severe that root canal treatment and antibiotics cannot work, then the extraction becomes inevitable.
Gum disease (periodontitis and gingivitis) affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease characterized by inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it leads to periodontitis, which causes an infection on the bones underneath the gums. At this stage, teeth become loose and have to be pulled.
Wisdom teeth complications characterized by impacted or decayed teeth, can cause pain. This will make the wisdom teeth to be pulled out.
When you visit our dentist, an X-ray of your tooth will be taken. Remember to inform our dentist about medications that you are taking, to help avoid any complications. Also, tell our dentist if you suffer from any of these conditions:
A prosthetic limb or artificial joint
Impaired immune system
Congenital heart disease
These conditions will have to be treated or stabilized before undergoing the extraction. Our dentist will give you precise instructions that you should follow to help you through the procedure.
Tooth extractions can be carried out in two ways:
Simple extraction – where the tooth to be extracted is visible in the mouth. Our dentist will use an elevator which loosens the tooth. When the tooth is loose enough, a forceps is used to pull the tooth.
Surgical extraction – It is more complicated than a simple extraction. It is performed if the tooth has broken off, but the root is still in the gum. It can also be performed when a tooth cannot erupt — a small cut into the gum is done to expose the hidden part of the tooth.
Our dentist will administer local anesthesia to make sure that you do not feel pain throughout the procedure. You should expect to feel some pressure during the process but not pain. If you feel some pain or irritation, tell our dentist immediately.
After the procedure, you can expect to feel some minor discomfort. You will experience more pain after surgical extractions than simple extractions. Our dentist will prescribe some painkillers to help manage the pain. The complexity of the procedure will determine the length of your recovery.
Tooth extraction is essential because it permanently eliminates the damaged tooth and saves you from further complications. You will have to take proper care of your teeth after the procedures to help promote clotting. Clotting is essential in the healing process. But if the symptoms get worse after the procedure, contact Dental Magic.
Remember that it is always best to have as all your natural teeth intact. Let extractions be the last resort.