Is dental extraction your best bet to a healthy and happy smile?
Toothaches, pains, and cavities (holes in the tooth) are annoying. You worry that you’ll loose your teeth by the time you’re 90 when you accept to have an exodontia or tooth extraction. But you’re an intelligent person who understands that the right dental procedure will matter in the grand scheme of dental health.
A dental extraction serves the following purposes:
Remove tooth decay
One of the major causes of tooth decay is as a result of an attack by a harmful bacteria or a dental trauma causing an inability to restore the tooth forcing it to be extracted. Pulling one decayed tooth saves the rest of the healthy teeth from such attacks.
Removal of Impacted wisdom teeth
These teeth can become impacted or be unable to grow normally in the mouth as expected due to lack of adequate mouth space. Such a situation can cause frequent gum infections or premature decay, requiring extractions to create space to allow the rest of the teeth to grow properly and straight.
Reduced cost compared to other treatments
The teeth can be affected by different diseases which might be expensive to treat. As a result, one might opt for tooth extraction, rather than a more expensive or invasive procedure.
Complications from gum disease
There are severe gum diseases that affect the teeth’s supporting tissues and bone structure in the mouth. Such conditions lead to tooth extractions as a solution, and stop the disease from affecting the rest of your teeth.
There are two types of teeth extraction; namely simple and surgical extractions. They entail the following:
This is the most common extraction method where the tooth being removed is visible in the mouth and the procedure is done with a local anesthetic. Some people may not want to know the details of a tooth extraction, so we’ve hidden them unless you want to read them. Read the technical description of a tooth extraction below:
To perform an extraction, the tooth in question is lifted by the elevator and using the dental forceps rocked back and forth until the periodontal ligament has been sufficiently broken and the supporting alveolar bone has widened to make the tooth loose enough to remove.
In some cases, your tooth can break in the gums and not be easily accessible. In other cases, it might not have fully grown in. This kind of extraction requires an incision where an oral surgeon elevates the soft tissues that cover the tooth and bone.
The dentist should prepare you before deciding on the type of dental extraction he will perform. The preparation stage requires your full participation. You need to be honest with the dentist and discuss any past or current medical conditions you have. It is also important to let the dentist know if you are on any medications, since mixing of some medicines may have an adverse effect on you.
Being honest with your dentist helps him to conduct different tests before the procedure to find out if you have other complications that may require medical attention and then refer you to the right physician. It is important that the preparation stage is thorough for example someone with anemia. It is helpful to the dentist if he knows a little more about you.
Overall, dental extractions have been used to treat a variety of diseases for a long time. Before the invention of antibiotics and other treatment methods, acute and chronic tooth infections were treated by removing the teeth completely.
This practice still holds, but it’s more sophisticated now as there are alternatives or other dental care procedures with which you can retain and maintain a healthy and happy smile.
At Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg, we are always available to guide you on the dental procedures or any other dental care. Call us at (540) 371- 9090 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment today.