At Alencar Family Dentistry, we always focus on trying to save your teeth. Nevertheless, there are situations when a tooth extraction is the best option for your oral health.
Although it may sound scary, tooth extraction is a painless and quick procedure, especially when performed by Dr. Jayme A. Oliveira Filho.
What Are the Reasons for Extracting a Tooth?
There can be various reasons for extracting a tooth. The most common include:
In cases of disease or trauma, Dr. O uses several restoration procedures to try to save the tooth like crowns or root canal treatments.
Still, when these measures are not sufficient to keep the tooth looking good and functioning well, Dr. O may recommend tooth extraction as the more effective solution. This way, the damaged tooth can be replaced with a strong, permanent dental implant.
Wisdom teeth that cannot break through the gum are known as impacted wisdom teeth. Most often, tooth extraction is the best solution for preventing pain and the development of dental issues like damage to adjacent healthy teeth, gum tissue, and jawbone.
When the patient has a condition known as crowding, tooth extraction is used to free up space so that the remaining teeth can be aligned properly. The teeth most frequently removed for orthodontic purposes are the first premolars.
If a baby tooth is misaligned, the permanent tooth underneath might not grow straight either. In such cases, extracting the baby tooth can prevent the need for orthodontic treatment later on.
What Does the Process of Extracting a Tooth Entail?
The first step of a tooth extraction procedure is an X-ray. It helps determine the location of the tooth roots and the condition of the surrounding bone. This will enable us to anticipate any possible complications and take necessary precautions.
Tooth extraction is typically performed under local anesthesia, which will numb the teeth and the surrounding bone and gum tissue.
Dental forceps are used to gently pull out the tooth from its socket. A slight sensation of pressure can be felt by a patient when a tooth is being pulled out. To promote healing, a few stitches may be required after the tooth extraction.
Getting a tooth extracted is a fairly routine procedure. If you are in need of tooth extraction contact us at (757) 546-0301 to book a consultation.