Dentists usually will consider tooth extractions as a last resort, preferring instead to save as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. In some cases, however, tooth extraction is the best solution to maintain the health of your mouth. There are several reasons why an extraction may be performed at Bay Premier Dentistry in Tampa, FL.
Why is an extraction needed?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its place in the jawbone. It is sometimes necessary when a tooth has become so severely damaged or infected that it threatens the health of the neighboring teeth and gum tissue. Other cases in which extraction will be recommended include:
- Baby teeth that do not fall out in time to allow room for the permanent teeth to come in properly
- Impacted teeth (usually the wisdom teeth)
- Severely damaged teeth, such as from oral trauma that cannot be restored with a crown
- To make room for successful orthodontic treatment
There are two types of tooth extraction. Before doing any work, your dentist or oral surgeon will take x-rays of your mouth to make a plan of the best way to access the tooth. If more than one tooth needs to be extracted, you may wish to make an additional appointment to have it completed, but they can be taken out all at once. Anesthesia is usually administered, ranging from conscious sedation to general anesthesia, depending on how many teeth are being removed and your personal needs.
A simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible above the gumline and easily accessed. It is gripped with forceps, loosened by being pulled back and forth, and removed from the gums. If it is too firmly lodged in place for this to be done or has not fully erupted, a surgical extraction will be needed. Your dentist will make a small incision into the gums to expose the tooth. It may then need to be broken up into smaller pieces before it can be removed. Sutures may be placed at the end of the procedure to help with healing.
If you are having issues with one or more teeth and in need of an extraction, you can have confidence that you will have a safe and comfortable procedure at Bay Premier Dentistry in Tampa, FL.