An extraction means having a tooth/teeth removed entirely. There are many reasons why you would need a tooth extraction, including cavities, malocclusion, external trauma, gum disease, etc. There is a misconception that tooth extractions would be painful, but your dentist would ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure and don’t feel any pain. It is important that before undergoing an extraction, you give complete disclosure of your medical health condition to your dentist so that necessary adjustments and precautions are taken.
In What Cases is an Extraction Needed?
There are many reasons for performing an extraction. These are:
Misaligned teeth are a very common issue among kids as well as adults. It can be treated using braces or Invisalign, but sometimes overcrowded teeth can hinder the alignment procedure. In such cases, teeth extraction is performed to make room for the misaligned teeth to move to their correct orthodontic position.
Decayed or damaged teeth are most vulnerable to get severely infected, which can negatively influence a person’s oral health. This situation can be treated by RCT (root canal treatment) and medications. But if the infection is severe, the damaged tooth needs to be extracted to contain the infection.
During an accident, sustaining injuries to the mouth can be pretty common. People can break or crack their teeth, which can expose their dental pulp to microbes in the mouth that cause an infection. Although the damaged teeth can be restored using crowns, bonding, or veneers, we may have to extract them if the damage is severe.
Sometimes, teeth can get stuck between the jawbone and gums. This condition can be extremely painful and can cause infection near the impacted site. It is always better to get the impacted teeth extracted to save oneself from pain.
What is the Procedure of Tooth Extraction?
During your visit, the dentist will examine your mouth to understand the severity of the situation. X-rays and scans would be taken to learn in detail about the condition and check whether or not extraction is needed. This will determine your candidacy for the procedure.
The procedure will begin with thoroughly cleaning your mouth to eliminate microbes around it. Local anesthesia will be administered to the surrounding gums, which will numb the tooth, gums, and jawbone, making the procedure more comfortable and pain-free. Next, your dentist will grab the tooth using forceps and shake it to pull it out from the socket. Most patients feel slight pressure during this but absolutely no pain. You will be asked to bite on a piece of gauze, and appropriate medications will be prescribed.
You must take the prescribed medications and avoid anything which will prevent normal healing after an extraction.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Colorado Springs, CO, to consult with our dentist, Dr. Cantua. Please call us at (719) 235-5885 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.
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