Tooth extractions might be deemed a last resort for our dental team here, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a common occurrence. An extraction is done when a tooth is beyond conventional means of repair. Better understanding the procedure and its purpose can help you to appreciate why it needs to be done for your mouth. In an effort to best inform you about the procedure, the reason for this choice and your options following the procedure, this informative article was composed.
Do You Need A Tooth Extraction?
Damaged teeth, even those that are broken or fractured, might not necessarily indicate the need for a tooth extraction. The only person qualified to make a decision about the need for an extraction is Dr. Pinky Penalosa, but this is deemed to be a last resort behind other conventional repair procedures. If you are told an extraction is necessary, this is not something to be pushed off or taken lightly. A tooth in need of removal could be very hazardous to your health and well-being, so take action as soon as you are able to.
How Are They Performed?
There are two typical procedures to extract a tooth, depending on the complexity of its removal, its fragility and the extent of the damage.
- The first is the simpler of the two extractions, and can often be performed within the normal appointment parameters and location. This involves using a tool known as an elevator to unseat the tooth from the bone, and then removing it with forceps.
- The other option is more of a surgical approach. This involves local anesthetics and incisions into the gums. From here, a number of instruments can be used depending on what the tooth needs to be fully extracted from the bone.
Your Options Following A Tooth Extraction
Speak to Dr. Pinky Penalosa about your options after you have had a tooth or teeth extracted. Depending on your individual case, you could be a good candidate for dental implants, bridges or crowns to give you a fully functional mouth again soon.
All in all, tooth extraction is a common procedure. While it might be deemed a last resort due to our dentists’ dedication to preserving teeth as much as possible, there are several instances where there are no other viable options. If you are facing a possible extraction yourself, hopefully you are better informed regarding how this is done and more aware of your potential options for prosthetics from this point.