Dental extractions involve the removal of an entire tooth from the mouth. This procedure is performed after administering local anesthesia to the patient to numb the oral tissues, as it prevents pain and discomfort. Extractions are performed in dental practice by a well-trained dentist, who also provides post-surgery instructions to care for the wound and enable optimum healing.
When would an extraction be necessary?
Impacted wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt and can be found at the back of the dental ridges. In some instances, wisdom teeth tend to get stuck in the jawbone socket, resulting in a painful condition. If the treatment is delayed, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to severe infection and pain. Hence, the best way to treat an impacted tooth is by extracting it from the socket.
Damaged teeth: Teeth that sustain damage in the form of fractures, cracks, or chipping can be extremely painful and potentially lead to a root canal infection. We will try to restore the tooth using ceramic restorations, like crowns, veneers, or composite bonding. But, if the tooth is severely damaged and can’t be fixed, we will have to extract it.
Cavities: Cavity-infected teeth can lead to a lot of trouble if not restored during the early stages itself. If the cavity grows wider and deeper, the microbes can enter the root canals and infect the dental pulp. Cavities can be treated by removing the decay and filling it using filling material. But, if the tooth is severely infected, it has to be extracted to keep it from infecting the surrounding tissues as well.
Orthodontic treatment: When you have to get orthodontic treatment using dental braces or Invisalign, the dentist will extract a tooth on either side of the jaw to make space for the movement of the teeth.
How is an extraction performed?
The dentist will screen your mouth and determine the necessity for an extraction. The teeth will be cleaned to remove the microbes and prevent the infection of the extraction site. Local anesthesia will be administered near the tooth. Within a few minutes, the drug starts to take effect, and you will lose sensation in the tooth and surrounding tissues. The dentist will grip the tooth using forceps, shake it to loosen it from the surrounding fibers, and extract it entirely. A piece of gauze will be used to control the bleeding and enable the formation of a clot. The wound may be secured using a suture, and the dentist will suggest suitable medication to prevent infection and promote healing.
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