Info About Tooth Extractions
Humans lose our set of baby teeth and it’s no big deal. However, our adult teeth are supposed to last forever. But that’s not always the case. Frequently, teeth need to be pulled from the mouth. There are so many reasons patients come to City Dental Centers requesting or requiring tooth extractions. It’s quite common, and most of the time, it’s done because of damage to the tooth or teeth. Other common reasons for tooth extraction may be due to severe rot and decay that’s too extensive to treat or reverse utilizing other less-extreme methods.
Teeth badly damaged from physical trauma (often sustained from sports activities) or decay, need to be repaired to keep the mouth and body healthy. Other times, a patient’s teeth may begin crowded mouth, causing pain and an unsightly smile. On the other hand, dentists may need to pull teeth in order to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there’s no room in the mouth, your dentist may choose to pull it out. Wisdom teeth commonly cause crowding of the mouth and that’s why wisdom teeth removal is a very common dental surgery as well.
What to Expect With Tooth Extractions
Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In some instances, your dentist may use other sedation dentistry methods to get the job done. This will prevent pain throughout your body and make you sleep through the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. However, some teeth are easier to remove than others. Frequently, a stubborn tooth must be extracted in pieces. Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few self-dissolving stitches over the extraction site.
If you’re in need of tooth extractions or you’re unsure if your teeth can be repaired without removal, contact your local City Dental Centers office. The team will be happy to help you book an appointment and you’ll receive the assessment you need to make your decision.