A dental extraction is when a tooth is completely removed from its socket in the bone. Most often, extractions are only performed when nothing else can be done to preserve and save a tooth from decay. In other cases, an extraction may be necessary to prevent future problems from developing, such as wisdom teeth or impacted teeth, or for orthodontic reasons such as overcrowding.
During the procedure, you are provided with anesthesia to keep the procedure as painless as possible. The are will be numbed, and the dentist will begin removing the tooth. You should not feel pain, but rather pressure. This is due to the dentist having to rock the tooth back and forth to remove it from the socket.
There are two types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions.
Simple extractions refer to teeth that are visibly present in the mouth while surgical extractions are done on impacted teeth underneath the gum line.
When Might a Dental Extraction Be Needed?
A thorough examination is performed prior to the extraction being done. Some of the reasons an extraction might be needed include:
- The tooth has become severely decayed beyond the point of being saved
- The tooth is severely loose due to periodontal (gum) disease
- The tooth poses a problem in the future (wisdom teeth)
- The tooth needs to be removed for more extensive orthodontic work
If you are in need of a dental extraction or would like to inquire further about this procedure, contact us today.