A dental extraction involves the complete removal of a tooth from the tooth socket. Dental extractions are performed in dental practice by a trained dentist after administering local anesthesia to the patient to numb the oral tissues such as the tooth, surrounding gums, and the underlying jawbone to avoid pain or discomfort.
Extractions are necessary to remove teeth that are damaged beyond any form of restoration. In most cases, you may need a tooth extraction if you have a tooth severely infected by cavities, damaged due to external trauma, impacted teeth, or to make space for the movement of teeth while receiving orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign).
Our dentist will consider every means of restoring your damaged teeth to their ideal form. But, if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, you will need the extraction to prevent it from becoming a severe health condition.
When is an extraction required?
and tooth decay are the most common causes that lead to dental extraction. Cavities result from accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth' surface that can erode the enamel by releasing harmful toxins. Cavity-infected teeth need to be restored during the early stage itself to avoid further trouble. When the tooth gets a cavity, we will treat it by removing the decay and filling it using filling material. But if the tooth is severely infected beyond any modes of restoration, it will have to be extracted to prevent the gums and remaining teeth from getting infected.
If your teeth are so crowded in your mouth, it can ruin the aesthetics of your smile. When you need to get orthodontic treatment using Invisalign or dental braces, the dentist will extract a tooth on either side of the jaw to ensure the remaining teeth get enough space to move.
As everyone knows, wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt. In some instances, wisdom teeth can get stuck in the socket of the jawbone while emerging. Such teeth are called impacted wisdom teeth, and they do not stay under the gums, nor do they fully erupt, causing immense pain. If the treatment is delayed, it can lead to severe infection, which is why it is best to get them extracted.
- External trauma:
When you sustain an external trauma like a hard blow to the mouth, it may severely damage the teeth and can break them. If the damage is so bad that there is no method of restoring them, they may need an extraction.
- Damaged teeth:
If you have damaged teeth that have fractures, cracks, or chips, it can be extremely painful and may lead to a root canal infection if left untreated. We will try restoring such teeth using ceramic restorations, but if the damage is so severe and can't be fixed, we will have to extract it.
Teeth extraction process
Our dentist will suggest a dental extraction when you visit us with a severely infected or damaged tooth that can't be restored. We will thoroughly clean the tooth to get rid of the microbes and administer local anesthesia before starting the procedure. Once your oral tissues are numbed, the dentist would firmly grip the tooth using forceps and loosen it from the socket and extract it.
After the extraction, you'll be asked to bite into a gauze piece to control the bleeding and form a clot. Our dentist will secure the wound using a suture and will suggest suitable medication to prevent infection and promote healing.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at 208-664-9129 to have a consultation with Dr. Larson, and we'll be able to guide you further.