Tooth extraction is a procedure that removes a tooth. Tooth extraction is necessary if the tooth cannot be saved, if it is causing pain, or if it is preventing other teeth from growing.
Tooth extractions are usually recommended when a tooth is damaged beyond repair. The dentist will need to extract the tooth before it can decay further and cause more complications. Extractions may also be needed if a tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in. For instance, wisdom teeth can sometimes become impacted (trapped) within the gums. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend extractions.
Sometimes, severe tooth decay can lead to too much damage to the tooth for a simple filling. Therefore, tooth extraction may be the only viable option. If this is the case, we will make sure your oral surgery procedure is as comfortable as possible. We will also talk with you about replacing your missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Unfortunately, there are times when tooth extractions are necessary. Gum disease is one condition that can wreak havoc on your mouth. A severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, has also been linked to heart disease. The bacteria that infect your gums can cause inflammation throughout your entire body. Also, if gum disease isn’t treated, it can lead to loose teeth. In the event of severe periodontal disease, tooth extraction may be necessary.
Many patients end up with wisdom teeth that don’t have enough room in the jaw. These teeth can be uncomfortable, difficult to keep clean, and can cause problems with other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, and they often become infected. When these teeth can’t be saved, they will need to be extracted.
When there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth, crowding is common. Crowding can occur with adult teeth but is often more common in children. Some children’s teeth simply grow more quickly than others. When teeth are crowded, there may not be enough space for them to erupt properly or come in straight. As a result, they may need to be extracted.
If a tooth is fractured and unable to be repaired with a crown, tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent infection.
Tooth extraction is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia, where you are awake but unable to feel pain, or general anesthesia, where you are put to sleep for the procedure. If it is a simple extraction, the dentist will use a dental tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth before pulling it out. Once the tooth is out, the area is cleaned, and gauze is placed over the gum.
What is recovery like after tooth extraction?
It’s normal to experience some bleeding and discomfort in the days after an extraction. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to help relieve any discomfort. You may be advised to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods for several days after extraction to promote healing.
To learn more, call A Better Smile Dentistry at (505) 208-0505 and schedule an appointment with the dentist or visit us at 475 Coors Blvd NW, Ste A, Albuquerque, NM 87121.