Tooth extraction is a procedure to remove teeth or tooth roots. The procedure can be performed at the dentist’s office, in a hospital, or as an outpatient procedure.
Tooth extraction is used to treat or prevent tooth decay, infections, and injuries.
There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction:
It may be that the tooth is damaged beyond repair, or that it’s causing you pain, infection or injury.
In many cases, a tooth extraction is necessary to prevent further damage or pain to surrounding teeth and gums.
Tooth extractions are also performed for cosmetic reasons or as part of orthodontic treatment plans. Dental implants may be used in place of missing teeth during this procedure if you have sufficient bone density remaining in your jawbone after your permanent teeth have been removed.
The main reason for tooth extraction is decay – where the inside of the tooth becomes decayed and infected, leaving only the outer shell of enamel behind. The pulp (nerve) in the center of the tooth becomes exposed and can cause pain when chewing.
If you have an abscess (a pus-filled swelling) around a tooth, this can be treated by removing the tooth with root canal treatment before placing an implant into your jawbone in order to replace it as part of a fixed bridge or denture.
Toothache can usually be relieved by removing the nerve from within the tooth (root canal treatment), which will stop any future pain from occurring when chewing food or drinking hot liquids. This is often done alongside general anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during treatment either!
There are many benefits of tooth extraction, including:
Restore your smile and your bite : TRemoving teeth that are severely decayed or broken can restore your smile and your bite. Tooth extractions may also be necessary when there is a tumor or cyst in the jawbone under a tooth root (root canal therapy is not an option). In addition, some teeth need to be removed to make room for orthodontic treatment.
Improved oral health : Teeth that are damaged and decayed will eventually cause additional problems with your gums and jawbone. Tooth extraction can prevent future problems by removing these teeth before they cause more damage.
Reduced pain : A toothache can be extremely uncomfortable and painful, but it’s often manageable with medication. However, if your doctor recommends extraction as the best option for treating gum disease or other issues related to the tooth, expect some discomfort after the procedure until the area heals completely. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort following extraction surgery.
Removing an infected tooth can help to prevent further infection or damage to surrounding teeth and your gums. And when the affected tooth is causing other problems due to decay or malformation, it may be in your best interest to see a dentist and have it removed.
Bottom line, tooth extraction is NOT as bad as you think! The pain can be managed, the treatment is relatively quick and minor procedures can ensure that your gum tissue heals well and responds to treatment.
If you’re experiencing any amount of discomfort in your mouth, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist to have it checked out and treated as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the problem will get worse and lead to more serious complications.
Whether you are curious about the process or you want to explore your options, we encourage you to contact our experienced dentist in Plano, Texas. Please contact our office at (972) 423-6804 if you would like more information about how we can help.
Disclaimer: Any dental work is not guaranteed. Results may vary as it depends on the patient’s health condition / bone or tissue condition, and it may not work . Get your free checkup done to understand this.