Permanent teeth are very essential for maintaining good oral health, and your dentist tries to save them at all costs. However, sometimes tooth extraction becomes inevitable, and you have to get your tooth extracted for maintaining good oral health and hygiene. Your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction in any of the following scenarios:
- If your tooth has faced irreversible damage in the form of decay or trauma.
- You have extra teeth in your mouth that are interfering with the eruption of other teeth.
- Your child might need a tooth extraction if his baby teeth don't fall out on time. In such a case, baby teeth are extracted to make room for the permanent teeth.
- If you are planning on getting braces for an orthodontic treatment, a few teeth may be removed to make room for the braces.
- People dealing with cancer; develop a weak immune system that causes teeth to get infected. These infected teeth need timely removal to prevent the infection from spreading.
- Infections due to periodontal diseases cause the gums and bones to recede. Due to this, the teeth become loose and need immediate extraction.
- People receiving radiation in the neck and the head area will have to get the teeth removed, which lie in the field of radiation.
- Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars and erupt at a later stage in life when the jaw has fully developed. These teeth don't get enough room on the dental arch. Due to this, they erupt partially or remain impacted. The wisdom teeth require extraction to avoid pain, swelling, discomfort, and orthodontic issues.
You are eligible to get your teeth extracted if you are in overall good health and not suffering from heart defects, liver diseases, bacterial endocarditis or an impaired immune system.
How are the teeth extracted?
Your dentist will use X-rays to determine the position of the tooth and its roots. X-ray images help to devise a suitable treatment plan and the best way to extract the affected tooth. Your medical history will be checked to evaluate your eligibility to get your teeth extracted. There are two types of tooth extractions.
a. A simple extraction
A simple extraction is performed when the tooth has successfully erupted through the gum and is visible. Your dentist will use an elevator to loosen your tooth by moving it back-and-forth. The elevator loosens the connective tissues and expands the socket. Your dentist will then pull it out using forceps.
During the process, you might feel a slight pressure but no pain, as the extraction is carried out under local anesthesia.
b. A surgical extraction.
A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth remains impacted or has broken off at the gumline. Your doctor will numb the area and make an incision to reveal and reach the tooth below the gum. The bone and tissue around the tooth are removed and the tooth is extracted using elevators and forceps. Your dentist may also break the tooth into small parts to make the extraction process easy.
We, at Bliss Dentistry of Campbell, California, cater to all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our Campbell dentists with their entire team persevere to provide you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile. If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an experienced dentist in the South Bay Area, feel free to contact us at (408) 963-6678 to schedule an appointment