Damaged Tooth Extraction
Sometimes, even the most skilled dentist cannot save a tooth. Damaged teeth put you at risk for painful infections that, left untreated, could travel to the heart and other areas of your body. You should NOT ignore a damaged tooth. In most cases, our skilled oral surgeons are able to remove your damaged tooth with very little discomfort.
What Leads To Extraction?
Severe decay, cracks, and abscesses could cause damage beyond repair that would lead to tooth extraction. Gum disease can also be cause for removal, as the surrounding tissue and bone structures are affected.
Sometimes, even healthy teeth are removed simply to make more room in the mouth and alleviate pain.
Types of Extraction
When the tooth is above the gum line and visible in the mouth, a simple extraction is done. This can be performed with local anesthesia (and possibly anti-anxiety medication). Your oral surgeon uses forceps to pull the tooth out, sometimes using a special instrument to loosen the roots first before pulling.
When the tooth is under the gum line, surgery must be performed in order to remove it. In this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in your gum and then remove the tooth (either in one piece or broken into sections). He or she will then clean the wound and close with dissolvable stitches if necessary.
Benefits Of Removal
- Protect surrounding teeth from infection and decay
- Reduce pain and discomfort
- Reduce risk of infections and potential cardiovascular issues
- Reduce risk for gum disease