Simple Tooth Extractions
If you are suffering from advanced periodontal disease or experiencing extreme sensitivity, you may require a tooth extraction. The dentist, with a simple extraction, can remove the affected tooth safely without you needing to through any major surgery.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
Tooth extractions can be useful in various situations. Here are some of the common reasons for extraction:
- Loosened teeth roots due to advanced periodontal disease
- Baby teeth or Additional teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a malformed or fractured tooth
- Severe tooth decay that is beyond remedy through root canal therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
First, the dentist takes X-rays of the affected tooth or teeth, as a way of planning the procedure. After an extraction method is prepared, a local anesthetic which prevents you from feeling pain during the procedure will be administered. Next, the dentist, using a tool known as an elevator, then lifts the tooth to loosen gum tissue and ligaments at the base of the tooth. Finally, with the aid of a pair of forceps, gently rocks the tooth back and forth until it detaches from the ligament that holds it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a tooth may be stubborn enough to resist the gentle tug of the dentist. This situation, as well as some more complex cases, may require that the tooth is broken into smaller pieces before removal.
Once removed, we will fill the socket with gauze and have you apply some pressure on the area by biting down. The dentist may place stitches to close the socket.
If you fall sick on the day of your extraction or the week before it, please get in touch with our office, as we may need to make an alternative arrangement for you. Please get in touch with us if you have concerns or questions.