Extraction is a term used to describe removing a tooth from its socket in the mouth. At Spencer Dental, there are various reasons why we may recommend a tooth extraction. The most common include severe tooth decay and damage that cannot be repaired with a crown or other restoration treatment.
Removing teeth that are damaged beyond repair can protect your remaining teeth and help you avoid further complications. The healing process will vary depending on the number of teeth you have removed, and the method used by our dentist to remove them.
The Different Types of Extractions
A simple extraction is done on a tooth that is visible in the mouth, usually because there is just enough space around the tooth's crown to grip it firmly and pull it out. A surgical extraction is necessary when there is not adequate space to grip and pull the tooth.
For this procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gums and then carefully lifts the tissue away from the tooth before removing the tooth from its socket, either in full or in parts. Surgical removals are more complex and may require stitches afterward but may be necessary if your tooth is broken off at the gum line or has a deep cavity around the entire tooth crown.
When Is an Extraction Necessary?
There are various reasons why someone might need to have their teeth removed. The most common cause is overcrowding in the mouth, especially between the upper front teeth. If teeth lack room to grow naturally, they can become impacted or stuck under the gumline. This can cause pain and swelling that interferes with daily life. Teeth may also need to be removed if they are damaged beyond repair or if wisdom teeth grow at an angle, causing pain.
The Extraction Procedure
The process for extracting a tooth varies depending on the severity of the condition, but you can expect a few common steps. First, our dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain. Then, the dentist will carefully remove the tooth with forceps or a tool called an elevator.
Once the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned and stitched to complete the procedure. Our dentist will give you instructions to follow for the first few days after the procedure to promote healing and ease discomfort.
If you have a severely damaged tooth that may need to be extracted, it’s best to have it evaluated by our dentist as soon as possible. For the best dental care, visit Spencer Dental at 207 Southdowne Dr, Maryville, TN 37801, or call (865) 983-5451. The sooner we evaluate your condition, the easier it will be to treat it effectively.