Extraction Should Always Be a Last Resort Whenever Possible
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Thomas Wold, DMD
Most of us have heard that it is always best to save a tooth whenever possible. This is certainly true, and for the most part, extraction should be the last resort. Unfortunately, there are times when removing the tooth is the only healthy option, and we can help you through that process.
When is Extraction Recommended?
In most cases, tooth extraction is the last option that we consider for a badly damaged tooth. This is because even removing one tooth can cause problems with chewing, jaw discomfort, and shifting teeth, all of which can have significant impacts on your oral health. However, there are some situations where extraction is necessary:
A tooth is broken beyond repair
A tooth is impacted by severe decay
Removal is required to prepare for orthodontic treatments
Each situation is unique, so we'll need to examine your tooth and your oral health to determine the best course of action.
Is an Extraction Painful?
If we determine that an extraction is necessary, we will thoroughly numb the tooth, gums, and jaw bone with a local anesthetic. While you might feel some pressure during the extraction, you shouldn't experience any pain.
To remove the tooth, we use specialized tools to firmly rock the tooth back and forth. This widens the socket and loosens the tooth for removal. In rare cases, your tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it, especially if the root is curved or so securely anchored in the socket that expansion for removal isn't possible.
After the extraction, is important to care for your tooth properly to prevent dry socket, infection, and other rare complications. We'll discuss the process with you in-depth before you leave our office.
Is it time for your next dental appointment? If so, call our office today!