When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

When is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Posted by LAVEEN DENTAL on Sep 15 2022, 05:26 AM

Most patients will require some type of tooth extraction. Some procedures can be performed in one visit, while more complex surgical extractions may require multiple visits. 

Before the tooth is extracted, local anesthesia may be applied. This prevents pain during the tooth extraction procedure. Next, the dentist will open the tooth socket by loosening the periodontal ligament. Forceps are used to gently move the tooth from side to side until it is loosened. Once it is loose enough, the dentist will lift the tooth out of the socket.

There are numerous reasons for tooth extraction, which include:

Tooth Decay

If tooth decay is severe enough, it becomes necessary to perform a tooth removal procedure. By extracting the diseased tooth, the tooth can be replaced with a dental implant, bridge, or dental crown.

If tooth decay is caught early, a minimally invasive dental filling or dental crown can be placed. However, if the decay has progressed further, an extraction will likely be the next course of action.

It is important to replace a missing tooth to prevent additional oral health issues, including shifting teeth, jawbone deterioration, and misalignment.

Orthodontic Treatment

Not all patients who need orthodontic treatment also need a tooth extraction. However, some patients might need both. Orthodontic treatment involves wearing braces, which apply constant pressure to the teeth. Over time, this causes them to slowly move into the desired position. Sometimes, these teeth are too crowded for the braces to move effectively. In this case, tooth extraction may be necessary.

Extraction of teeth may also be necessary when a patient’s jaw is misaligned. An overbite, for example, can cause the jaw to be too small for teeth to align properly. In this case, the jaw can be widened with orthodontic appliances, such as the Herbst appliance. If tooth extraction is required, the Herbst appliance will move the teeth into the proper position.

Impacted Teeth

If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, you may want to consider having them extracted. Impacted teeth can cause a number of issues. They may grow in sideways, become infected, or only partially erupt. All of these scenarios can lead to pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Impacted wisdom teeth are also more difficult to clean than fully erupted teeth. This can cause a higher risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

Dental Infection

If your dentist determines that your tooth cannot be saved, he or she will likely recommend extraction. In some cases, the infection is too deep, or the tooth is too damaged or decayed to save. In other cases, the tooth may be causing crowding or damage to surrounding teeth, and extraction is the best solution.

Gum Disease

If gum disease is severe enough, it may require tooth extraction. Gum disease is a condition that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates the gums and leads to infection.

If gum disease is neglected for too long, it can result in loose teeth and, eventually, tooth loss. Tooth extraction can help prevent tooth loss and restore your oral health.

We request you schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (602) 237-7878 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.

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