When you’re told that you need an extraction, this means that you need to have one or more teeth removed. While the goal of dentistry is to preserve your teeth and supporting structures, saving a tooth is not always possible. In some cases, it is in the best interest of your oral health to take a permanent tooth out. At Victor Nitu DDS, we can perform any necessary extractions to help ensure your optimal oral health.
Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction
The adult teeth are also called permanent teeth. This is because they are meant to last your whole life once they come in. There are many different types of issues that can compromise them. Thankfully, there are several types of treatments that can help to restore damaged teeth. By restoring them, they can remain where they are and still function perfectly normally. However, there are certain situations in which teeth cannot be saved. Instead, the best solution is actually to remove them.
A common reason why teeth need to be extracted is because of gum disease. In cases of advanced gum disease, the supporting bone and ligaments around the teeth have weakened. This causes the teeth to become loose. If too much support is lost, the best option is to take the teeth out.
You may require an extraction after severe damage or decay. When teeth are too badly damaged, a crown may not be able to properly restore the tooth, an issue that can put the tooth, and your whole-body health, at risk.
Extractions may also be necessary in cases of overcrowding or teeth that are impacted. Removing one or more teeth can help to make orthodontic treatment possible, eliminating overcrowding. Extractions are common for impacted wisdom teeth. By removing impacted wisdom teeth, we can help to prevent overcrowding, significant pain, and several other issues.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Simple tooth extraction is performed when the tooth can be seen and easily accessed above the gums. It involves the use of a special tool called an elevator. This tool helps to loosen the tooth before it is lifted out of the socket.
Surgical extractions are performed in more complex situations. As such, the procedure is much more involved. You may need a surgical extraction if the tooth has broken at the gumline, it is shattered, or it is completely buried beneath the gums and is not easily accessible.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
After your tooth extraction, we provide you with specific instructions to take care of the site. These instructions help to ensure that you heal properly and keep your risk for infections to a minimum.
The other thing that happens after a tooth extraction, except wisdom tooth extractions, is that we will discuss your options for tooth replacement. There are several solutions available, including traditional bridges, dentures, and dental implants. By discussing your options, we can help you to find the best solution to meet your needs.
While your permanent teeth are meant to last your whole life, there are some cases in which one or more may need to be removed. For more information, call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.