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Why is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth Extraction is sometimes necessary to prevent a severely damaged tooth from leading to more dental issues. During an extraction, the tooth is removed from its socket. Tooth extractions are mostly performed by oral surgeons, but it is normal for periodontists and general dentists to perform them as well.
It is typically best to preserve a tooth when possible, but there are times when removing it is best for the patient's health. A thorough examination is conducted before the dentist makes that decision and every step is taken to ensure the procedure is painless for the patient.
The different tooth extraction methods
There are two main types of extractions that are often performed by dentists: Simple and surgical extractions.
- A simple extraction is typically performed on a tooth that is visible and reachable. Local anesthesia is often used during this procedure
- A surgical extraction is often reserved for teeth that cannot easily be seen or reached in the mouth. This is usually the result of the tooth being severely broken or it not being fully erupted. General anesthesia is often used for surgical extraction since the dentist has to make an incision into the soft tissue around the tooth to reach it
Tooth extractions are viewed as a last resort when dealing with dental issues. Generally speaking, it is often easier and cheaper to save the tooth.
Reasons for tooth extraction
Common reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary include:
Severe tooth decay
When a tooth has been irreparably damaged by tooth decay, the pulp chamber often becomes exposed to the irritants in the mouth. The nerve and the pulp in there can easily become infected by the bacteria in the mouth, and the first option is often a root canal.
However, if the infection is severe and threatens the patient's overall health, an extraction might be recommended.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria infecting the gums. It is the result of the structures around a tooth being infected. The early stages of gum disease can be treated with improved oral hygiene, but the more advanced stages require more rigorous treatments like a deep cleaning or root scaling and planing.
Periodontal disease can lead to a person's tooth becoming loose. When that occurs, a dentist might decide to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant.
An impacted tooth
A tooth that is unable to erupt properly due to something blocking it is called an impacted tooth. A person's wisdom teeth are the most likely to develop this problem. After evaluating a patient with an impacted tooth, the dentist might recommend its extraction if it is a threat to the health of the surrounding teeth.
Tooth extraction can be used as an orthodontic treatment if a person has crowded teeth. Removing one of them makes it possible for the remaining teeth to be properly aligned.
The bottom line
Regardless of why a dentist decides to extract one or more of your teeth, there is nothing to worry about. The tooth that is removed is often replaced with a prosthetic like an implant that looks and feels just like a real tooth.
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