Saving your teeth is always our priority at Elegant Dental Care, but in some cases, extraction is the best solution.
Impaction, crowding, extensive decay, or trauma may make it necessary to extract a tooth in order to restore your smile.
Why would a dentist recommend extraction?
Tooth Extraction Is a Very Painless
When it is necessary to extract a severely decayed or broken tooth the goal is to improve your health and the aesthetics of your smile with the first step in restorative treatment.
Preparation for orthodontics.
In cases of overcrowding, teeth may need to be extracted before orthodontic treatment. Preparatory extraction can help you achieve a more symmetrical and attractive smile.
Extracting an impacted tooth can help you avoid severe pain and serious damage to surrounding teeth and bone tissue.
Patients Agree: Tooth Extraction Is Not Painful
A 2016 study found that among a group of 52 patients,
50 patients surveyed in 2002 reported only mild post-operative pain.
*According to research published in Clinical Oral Investigations.
Do I Need Tooth Extraction?
Trauma, a toothache, sudden sensitivity, and swelling of the gums are all reasons to contact a dentist immediately. An exam may reveal that a tooth is impacted or too damaged or decayed to be saved. The good news is that extraction makes it possible to undergo one of several procedures that can restore the health and appearance of your smile, including dental implant-supported crowns and bridges.
Five Basic Steps
- The dentist administers local anesthesia. Patients can also choose to receive sedation.
- Forceps are used to gently loosen the tooth from its socket.
- If the tooth is severely impacted, incisions may be made in the gum and bone tissue for easier removal.
- Any necessary sutures are placed.
- Gauze is applied to the extraction site.
Speak with a Dr Sohn
At Elegant Dental Care we encourage healthy oral care. Avoiding a necessary tooth extraction can lead to oral health issues. Severely damaged or decayed teeth pose a significant risk of infection that can be detrimental to surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and bone. Impacted teeth can also cause significant damage to surrounding tissues. When the jaw cannot accommodate all the teeth, extraction may be your best solution.
If you are experiencing pain or swelling or suffering from any dental trauma, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr Sohn.