Permanent teeth are very essential for maintaining good oral health, and your dentist tries to save them at all costs. However, sometimes tooth extraction becomes inevitable, and you have to get your tooth extracted for maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Your dentist will recommend tooth extraction in any of the following scenarios:
Your tooth may have faced irreversible damage in the form of decay or trauma.
You may have extra teeth in your mouth that are interfering with the eruption of other teeth.
Your child might need a tooth extraction if their baby teeth don't fall out on time. In such a case, baby teeth are extracted to make room for permanent teeth.
If you are planning on getting braces for orthodontic treatment, a few teeth may be removed to make room for the braces.
People dealing with cancer develop a weak immune system that causes teeth to get infected. These infected teeth need timely removal to prevent the infection from spreading.
Infections due to periodontal diseases cause the gums and bones to recede. Due to this, the teeth become loose and need immediate extraction.
People receiving radiation in the neck and the head area will have to get the teeth removed, due to the damage radiation causes teeth and gums.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars and erupt at a later stage in life when the jaw has fully developed. These teeth don't get enough room on the dental arch. Due to this, they erupt partially or remain impacted. The wisdom teeth require extraction to avoid pain, swelling, discomfort, and orthodontic issues.
You are eligible to get your teeth extracted if you are in overall good health and not suffering from heart defects, liver diseases, bacterial endocarditis, or an impaired immune system.
A simple extraction is performed when the tooth has successfully erupted through the gum and is visible. Your dentist will use an instrument called an elevator to loosen your tooth by moving it back-and-forth. The elevator loosens the connective tissues and expands the socket. Your dentist will then pull it out using forceps.
During the process, you might feel slight pressure but no pain, as the extraction is carried out under local anesthesia.
A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth remains impacted or has broken off at the gumline. Your doctor will numb the area and make an incision to reveal and reach the tooth below the gum. The bone and tissue around the tooth are removed and the tooth is extracted using elevators and forceps. Your dentist may also break the tooth into small parts to make the extraction process easy.
Our team in Campbell will do everything they can to make this process as pain-free as possible. We understand losing a tooth can be upsetting news to a lot of people and are here to support you and discuss your options.