While our permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, dental extractions are recommended when a tooth has become extremely weak or is so decayed that removal is the only option. A tooth may need to be extracted to prevent overcrowding in the mouth. Most commonly, the wisdom teeth are removed as they are not particularly useful and, typically, do not grow out completely. Whether you are considering having your wisdom teeth extracted or issues with another tooth, we invite you to visit us at Oak Dental Care. We will help find the perfect solution to keep your beautiful smile intact.
One Extraction can Save Remaining Teeth
Although a dental extraction may seem to be a drastic step, it is sometimes necessary in order to protect the rest of your teeth. If a tooth is severely decayed or infected, and there is no way to save it, then extraction may be the most appropriate solution. No dentist wants to extract a tooth unless it is absolutely necessary. It is always better to try other methods to save the tooth. In some situations, however, our professionals have to make the decision that there is nothing they can do. When the tooth is removed, it prevents infection from spreading to the neighboring teeth. One extraction can, therefore, protect the remaining teeth.
Assist with Orthodontics
Apart from extracting a tooth because of decay or an infection, sometimes our professionals may need to remove one or two teeth so that they can properly fit orthodontics properly. Orthodontics is meant to properly align your teeth and that process requires a little space. Sometimes, the only way that space can be created is through extraction. The extracted tooth is usually one that has a weak root and is not being used while you chew your food or one that does not stand or support the other remaining teeth in your mouth. Typically, wisdom teeth are extracted.
There are two types of tooth extraction. Which is used will depend on whether the tooth is visible or not.
For a simple extraction, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the tooth. You will feel pressure, but no pain during the procedure. The dentist will then loosen the tooth using an "elevator" instrument, and forceps to remove it.
A surgical extraction is a little more complex. You may receive both a local and intravenous anesthesia, which keeps you calm and relaxed. You could also receive general anesthesia, depending on your medical condition. This means you will not be conscious during the procedure. In this extraction method, the dentist cuts into your gum to get to the tooth.
After the extraction, a blood clot forms in the empty socket. Follow instructions for aftercare, to avoid causing a dry socket and having to make another visit to the office.
Once the procedure is complete and has healed the missing tooth can be replaced with a dental bridge or an implant. When you choose to do that, you will once again have a beautiful smile.
When you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, or have an infection, or other dental issues, please give us a call at (941) 629 - 4400 or visit us at Oak Dental Care. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.