Dental extractions are sometimes necessary to preserve or improve your dental health. While losing a tooth can be a stressful experience, our team of highly-skilled and experienced dentists and oral surgeons at Woodcreek Dental can get the procedure done quickly and painlessly.
Teeth consist of two anatomical parts, one is visible, and the other is not. The part that we can see is the crown, and it sits above the gumline. Below the gumline, embedded in the jaw and invisible to the naked eye is the root. The root anchors the tooth its socket. Dental extractions involve the removal of both the crown and root of a tooth from its socket.
Why You May Need an Extraction
Dental extractions are a common dental practice. The procedure may be necessary for many reasons, including excessive tooth decay and damage, dental abscesses, and misalignment or crowding. You may also need to have a tooth or teeth extracted in preparation for braces or a retainer, if baby teeth do not fall out in time, or if wisdom teeth have become impacted.
What to Expect When Your Tooth is Pulled
Our team knows that nothing compares to your natural teeth. Before we recommend the removal of any teeth, we make sure to exhaust all other treatment options, from fillings to endodontic procedures like a root canal treatment.
Damaged, infected, or decaying teeth may be removed via simple or surgical extraction. Simple extractions are for teeth that are fully visible or erupted (fully emerged through the gum). If the tooth being removed is partially erupted, or not yet visible above the gumline, surgery will likely be required to break it up and extract it.
Simple extractions can be done without numbing, sedation, or laughing gas administered by our general dentist. Before the procedure, panoramic x-rays are taken to determine the position of all dental structures that could be affected during the process. After numbing, our dentist will use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth from its socket and then utilize forceps to pull out the tooth.
Surgical extractions are done under oral or intravenous anesthesia by an oral surgeon. Please be sure to tell us of any medications you are taking or any medical conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular, renal, liver, or thyroid issues. Our team starts by making an incision into your gum over the tooth being worked on. Bone and connective tissue holding the tooth in place is then cut away to free the tooth for removal.
Partially erupted or teeth not yet visible above the gum may need to be broken into chunks before extraction. After the removal, the tooth socket is stitched closed and gauze packed into the surgical site to absorb the blood. Surgical extractions take longer than the simple procedure. Due to the anesthesia, we recommend arranging for someone to drive you home.
Dental extractions can be the best option for maintaining your overall health. If you have a severely damaged, infected, or decayed tooth, or need more information on this procedure call us at Woodcreek Dental at (805) 482-6389 today.