Nowadays, several dental procedures aim to preserve the natural tooth structure after being damaged. However, unfortunate events can occur that may cause the dentist to recommend a particular tooth removed to avoid compromising your overall oral health.
Tooth extraction is performed by removing the problem tooth from its socket in the bone by a dentist or an oral surgeon. This procedure comes in two types— simple extraction and surgical extraction. At McMillan Family Dental, we understand that tooth extraction is not the most pleasant experience for patients; that is why we offer laughing gas and local anesthesia. With the help of these sedation options, the dentist can make the procedure virtually painless. You are more likely only to experience a bit of pressure during the process.
- Simple tooth extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible above the gum line. During this process, the dentist loosens the tooth using a dental instrument called an elevator and then pulls the tooth out of the socket using forceps.
- A surgical extraction, on the other hand, is necessary when a tooth becomes broken under the gumline or has not fully erupted. Dentists usually make a small incision into the gums, or when necessary, remove some of the bone around the tooth or cut the tooth into small pieces for extraction.
When is tooth extraction necessary?
The damage or decay is too severe
This occurs when tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth in which the tooth pulp is located. Once the bacteria produced by decay penetrates the pulp, an infection is more likely to develop. When this happens, a root canal treatment can still help preserve the affected tooth. However, if the infection is too severe, tooth extraction should be performed to prevent the issue from spreading further.
Solution for gum disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection to the tissues that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated during its earliest stage, it quickly advances and eventually causes painful chewing problems, bleeding gums, or even loosening of the teeth. Once the teeth loosen, extracting the tooth is a possible dental option.
Eliminate overcrowding of the teeth
Extracting one or multiple teeth may be necessary to eliminate overcrowding of the teeth. The said procedure is also recommended when a patient has to undergo orthodontic treatment to make enough room for the teeth to move and straighten correctly.
The tooth is impacted
An impacted tooth refers to the condition when a tooth is blocked from breaking out or when the gums did not fully erupt, preventing the tooth from coming out. A problem that usually happens with wisdom teeth. For this situation, extracting the impacted tooth may be a better option to avoid damaging other teeth, reduce the risk of infection, and overcrowding.
Looking for a safe and pain-free procedure? Book an appointment with us and experience a pain-free and comfortable tooth extraction procedure! McMillan Family Dental has a caring and dedicated staff to help you feel pleasant during your Teeth Extractions in Meridian, ID.