Dentistry is inherently conservative. Dr. Singh will always do whatever possible to preserve your teeth. On occasion, tooth extraction can be necessary. In these cases, having the tooth pulled will improve the patient’s health, bite, or dental outlook. Anxious about an upcoming extraction? Get acquainted with the procedure to feel more comfortable on the day you part with your tooth.
Reasons for Dental Extractions
Understand why saying goodbye to a tooth is necessary to feel better about the procedure. In most cases, losing that tooth will improve your oral health. Common causes of tooth extraction include:
- Removal of infection – When a cavity forms, it begins at the outer layer of a tooth and works its way inward. Once the decay reaches the tooth’s pulp, the entire tooth becomes infected. This is often treatable with a root canal, but infections that have reached the tooth’s roots will need to be eradicated with extraction.
- Damaged tooth – Our teeth often fall prey to trauma. Chips, cracks, and other superficial damages are usually reparable with restorations. But a more serious break compromises the tooth’s structure and demands extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the area can be rebuilt.
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment – Straightening teeth requires working room. An occlusion may not offer adequate room for teeth to shift. In this case, extraction of an unnecessary tooth will allow room for a straighter smile.
- Prevention of future problems – Some teeth are more trouble than they’re worth. While the major culprit is wisdom teeth, other structures (such as impacted teeth) also present potential problems. These are prevented by extraction.
Exactly why are wisdom teeth so troublesome? Their primary cause of extraction lies in the fact that they’re more hindrance than help. Because wisdom teeth are at the back of the mouth, they are difficult to clean. Their surfaces also contain many cracks and fissures, which serve as welcome homes for bacteria. Wisdom teeth are frequently impacted or poorly angled, leading to other wide-scale dental and bite problems. In many cases, it’s wise to have those teeth extracted before they can cause any damage. This is commonly recommended between ages 18-20, when the wisdom teeth are closer to eruption but bone has not yet finished developing.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Your extraction will be accompanied by dental anesthesia to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. Anxious patients will also receive sedation to soothe their nerves. The entire process will involve treatment planning, the extraction procedure, and aftercare. If you have any questions about what your extraction will be like, or how to care for the treatment site while healing, please get in touch.