Extractions consist of permanently removing a tooth. A tooth might need to be extracted when the patient is in pain, the tooth has suffered damage or decay beyond repair, or like in the case of wisdom teeth because of lack of space or issues with misalignment or functionality. Teeth can also be extracted when they can cause further health issues to the patient or extend the damage to the mouth such as with tumors, cysts, or infections. If the patient’s health is being compromised then extracting the tooth will be in the best interest of the patient and other treatments and dental solutions ca be provided to restore the patient’s smile. Other times, patients prefer dental extractions to other dental solutions because the procedure is simpler and less expensive than other treatments.
Types of tooth extractions:
Simple extractions – consist of loosening the gums that surround the tooth, in order to move the tooth until it comes off from the bone. Your dentist will use forceps to get a hold of the tooth’s crown and move the tooth until it loosens from the gum and the bone. Your dentist then cuts the periodontal ligament or soft tissue that holds the tooth to the bone so your tooth can be taken out. In some cases, no anaesthesia is needed or local anaesthesia can be applied to diminish the discomfort.
Complex extractions – require surgical intervention in order to remove the tooth. Your dentist might need to cut into the soft tissue to expose the roots of the tooth, in some cases the tooth might be hard to extract in one piece so it needs to be fractured into pieces so each fragment can be removed until the complete tooth has been taken out. The gum is then sutured or other dental treatment implemented such as dental implants to replace the extracted tooth.
Impacted teeth – impaction occurs when a tooth or molar has been partially or completely stuck under the surrounding soft tissue (gums) or bone. In this case, your dentist might need to surgically open the soft tissue or drill into the bone to expose the tooth and extract it in one piece or by breaking it into smaller pieces.
Your dentist will evaluate your situation and discuss what treatment options are available for you. After the extraction, your dentist will also give you information on how to take care of the extraction area to avoid infections and speed up healing and an easy recovery.
Here at University Meadows Family Dental, we are committed to improving and restoring your smile into its healthy condition, under a comfortable and welcoming environment. We are happy to provide you with the necessary information and discuss your options. Call us today for a beautiful smile!