Dental extractions are performed on a severely decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be removed from the mouth entirely. Since the procedure can be painful, we will administer local anesthesia before commencing, as it helps to numb the oral tissues. Extracting the tooth keeps you from experiencing prolonged pain and protects the adjoining teeth and tissues from also getting infected.
When Is an Extraction Required?
Suffering external trauma to the mouth can lead to the teeth being chipped, cracked, or broken. Leaving them untreated can cause a lot of pain and would allow the oral bacteria to enter the central root canal cavity. We will conduct a thorough diagnosis to determine if medication and restorations could restore the tooth. But if the damage is severe, we will need to extract the tooth entirely.
Cavities are caused by the erosion of the enamel by microbes in the mouth. They release toxins that decay the underlying dentin and cause severe cavities. If left untreated, cavities can advance onto the central root canal cavity and infect the dental pulp. The tooth may have to be removed to keep the decay from spreading and infecting the oral tissues.
Teeth that are stuck in the jawbone while erupting are called impacted teeth. In most cases, the wisdom teeth tend to get impacted because the teeth are bigger than the jawbone socket. Impacted teeth can cause severe pain and discomfort and result in infection if left untreated. More importantly, they can cause damage to the underlying jawbone and adjoining teeth. Hence, impacted teeth need to be extracted.
Crowding is a type of malocclusion where the teeth overlap each other due to a smaller dental ridge. It can make oral hygiene difficult and also increases the chances of developing cavities, with microbes and food residues getting easily stuck between the teeth. When you visit the dentist to get the malocclusion treated, they would recommend getting teeth on either side of the jaw removed. It helps to make more space for the existing teeth to move to their orthodontically correct positions.
How Is the Extraction Carried Out?
Our dentist will screen your oral condition and determine whether or not you require extraction. Once confirmed, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. We will grip the tooth using dental forceps and shake it to loosen it from the surrounding gum fibers. When it has loosened, it will be removed in one firm motion.
We will cover the gap using a suture and place a piece of gauze on the wound to control the bleeding. Suitable aftercare instructions will be given to ensure optimum healing of the extraction site.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Spa Dentistry, San Jose, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (408) 270-7723 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.