Tooth extraction is the surgical removal of one or more of your teeth from its socket in the bone. There are several dental conditions that may require tooth extraction including:
- Severe tooth decay – This occurs when tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth. There is also a high risk of infection and to stop the infection from spreading, an extraction may be the best solution.
- Trauma – If there has been an accident and your teeth have been damaged beyond repair, an extraction may be required.
- Crowding – An extraction may be necessary if there is a lack of space in your mouth for all of your teeth and more room is needed for better alignment.
- Impacted tooth – When a tooth is blocked from coming out or when your gums do not fully erupt, your tooth is impacted. This is the common reason for wisdom teeth removal.
The Tooth Extraction Process
The first step in the tooth extraction process is to perform a dental examination to check the condition of the tooth. This includes taking X-Rays of the affected tooth to view the position of the tooth’s roots beneath the gum line and the condition of the surrounding bone.
- Dentist Review
Once X-Rays are taken, our dentist will create a safe plan that is specifically tailored to your dental needs. Before going through with the procedure our dentists will always check to see if it is possible to save the tooth and avoid extraction.
If extraction is required, our dentist will perform the extraction with the help of anesthesia. This is to ensure that the tooth removal procedure is painless for patients. After the tooth has been carefully taken out, it is important to begin the healing process immediately. Patients will be given gauze to bite on to minimize bleeding.
Types of Tooth Extractions
If the crown of your tooth is visible past the gum-line and the root is straight, a simple extraction can be performed with an elevator (loosens the tooth) and forceps (removes the tooth). This procedure is done with local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth so you will not feel pain, only pressure.
If a portion of the tooth’s crown or if the entire tooth is beneath the gum-line, then a surgical extraction will be required. During this procedure, a small incision is made in the gums to extract the tooth. In some cases, portions of the bone material may need to be removed or the tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into smaller pieces). Patients will be given both local anesthesia and intravenous anesthesia for optimal comfort during the surgery.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation Today
In the event that you need a tooth extraction, you can contact our office for a consultation and learn more about the removal procedure and tooth replacement options. We will also go over your sedation options because providing comfortable and painless treatment is one of our top priorities. Our dental professionals will guide you through the entire process and how to maintain a healthy smile after the procedure.
Contact Smiles of Loudoun today, our team is ready to answer all of your tooth extraction questions.