What the Tooth Extraction Process Entails
Depending on the status of your tooth, there are two main types of extraction procedures your dentist may perform, including the following:
When your tooth needs to be removed due to infection, rot, or facial trauma that has resulted in a crack, a simple extraction can be performed. This will involve a local anesthetic to numb the gums and surrounding area of the tooth. The dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then forceps to remove it.
When the tooth is not visible or it is impacted, a surgical extraction may be required. One of the most common reasons for surgical extraction is the removal of a person’s wisdom teeth due to overcrowding. Surgical extractions will more than likely use both a local anesthetic and an intravenous or general anesthetic to help relieve pain, discomfort, and allow the patient to remain calm during the procedure.
Your dentist will make a small incision in your gums and remove the tooth. For teeth that are heavily impacted, they may be required to remove small amounts of bone surrounding your teeth.
Benefits of a Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction can be performed as a way to help with the restoration of your mouth, as well as for general aesthetic purposes. If you are currently fighting gum disease like periodontitis or gingivitis, your tooth extraction may be the first of many procedures done to ensure your mouth is fully restored to its natural, healthy state. Once the procedure has been completed and your gum disease has been treated, your dentist will talk to you about a dental implant and your options regarding replacing the extracted tooth.
Extractions can also help prevent complications from arising, such as wisdom teeth that come in impacted. Wisdom teeth often come in much later than other teeth and can grow crooked. They may even affect your alignment, damage your nerves, and more.