All You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions

All You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions

June 4, 2021

Some people are hesitant to undergo a tooth extraction procedure, when in fact, it’s one of the most commonly performed treatments in modern dentistry. In addition, the procedure is often helpful to improve a patient’s general health while also reducing oral pain or discomfort.

If you suspect that you may need to have a tooth removed and are reading this to learn more about the procedure, we invite you to call our dental practice now for a personalized consultation that will answer all of your questions about our tooth extraction service at Belknap Dental Associates.

Two Types of Dental Extraction

Although each dental extraction procedure is unique to every patient, which equates to countless opportunities to achieve optimum oral health, extractions are classified into only one of two categories: simple tooth extraction and surgical tooth extraction.

As the name implies, there is no surgery required for simple tooth extractions since the dentist doesn’t need to cut through your gum line to remove the tooth. Simple tooth extractions are ideal for patients with a broken, decayed, or weakened tooth that is still visible above the gum line with enough surface area that dentists can use forceps in the extraction process.

Conversely, surgical tooth extractions require that a dentist cut through the gum tissue to remove the tooth. Although this procedure is most commonly performed in removing wisdom teeth, it may also be needed when there is not enough surface area of other teeth for a dentist to grasp onto with forceps for a simple tooth extraction.

When you visit our dentists near you for your consultation, we’ll provide information specific to the type of extraction needed to restore your oral health, including pre-procedure and post-procedure care. That way, you’ll know ahead of the procedure whether you’ll need to miss time from work or school.

Also, on both types of tooth extraction, a local anesthetic is used for patient comfort. Still, additional protocols such as sedation dentistry may be needed if you’re visiting us for surgical tooth extraction. We’ll discuss the option for sedation during your pre-procedure consultation, so you’ll know whether you need to arrange for a ride home from your extraction appointment.

Our doctors have provided care to patients of all backgrounds and in all stages of oral health for decades, and we’re here to provide that same quality service to every patient looking for a dentist near them for tooth extraction.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

We mentioned earlier that every patient’s need for a tooth extraction would be unique to them; however, several reasons can be classified as common to the treatment protocol. These include:

  • Severe tooth decay that has advanced beyond restoration.
  • Periodontal disease that has advanced to a level that a tooth is too loose to be healthy and functional.
  • Impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth that have limited growing space causing pain, swelling, and other complications in the gumline and jaw.
  • Overcrowding of teeth that affects the oral health and aesthetics of a patient’s smile.
  • Impact trauma to a tooth that results in fracture, breakage, or infection.

Concerning oral infections, it’s vital that you seek dental care right away since leaving an infected tooth untreated can lead to serious health complications.

The Role of Periodontal Disease in Tooth Loss

If you’re concerned about tooth loss from periodontal disease, one of the best things you can do today as a preventive measure is make an appointment with our Periodontist for a consultation to learn about treatments that could preserve your teeth.

Common gum disease symptoms include toothache, bad breath, loose teeth, receding gums, tender or bleeding gums, periodontal pockets, and changes in your bite. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your oral health, we invite you to contact our team of dentists at Belknap Dental Associates for early treatment.

A Closing Note

Our goal is to always provide you and your family with the quality of dental care you require and deserve. Whether it’s information about tooth extraction, treatment for periodontal disease, or any other wide range of services our award-winning team provides, we are here for you.

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