At Great Lakes Dental Excellence in Chesterfield, Michigan, our top priority is maintaining your oral health and preserving your natural teeth. While this is the case, there are certain situations where teeth cannot be repaired. Instead, these teeth need to be removed. The process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone is commonly referred to as a “tooth extraction.”
Put simply, a tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth either by pulling it out using specialized tools or removing it surgically. The procedure itself is generally performed using local anesthesia, ensuring the process is essentially painless. With that said, pressure and tension may be expected. For certain extraction procedures, your dentist may choose to provide you with a more advanced form of anesthesia.
Tooth extractions are a last-resort method of treatment. Your dentist will do everything they can to ensure you are able to keep your tooth. If the tooth is completely beyond repair or is causing additional oral health issues (as is often the case with wisdom teeth), extraction will be performed.
There are a lot of ways for your dentist to save and repair your teeth. With modern dental technology, it’s easier than ever to avoid extraction. Even if a tooth has been damaged pretty severely, options like crown replacements may offer the opportunity to simply replace a portion of the tooth instead of the entire thing. With that being said, there are still situations in which a tooth needs to be removed. Before doing so, your dentist will take x-rays and thoroughly examine your tooth above and below the gumline to see if there is an opportunity to rescue the tooth.
Extractions may be necessary in cases where dental diseases are affecting the hard tissues of the teeth that can’t be effectively treated through prosthetic or conservative measures. In instances of irreversible pulpitis, endodontic therapy may not be an available option if there is insufficient tooth tissue, or the canals are obstructed. In these cases, extraction is recommended.
There are many reasons why our dentist may suggest a tooth extraction in Chesterfield, Michigan, including:
There are a variety of different ways a facial injury can occur. Often these injuries are due to falls, slips, traffic accidents, or sports accidents. When these accidents happen cracks or chips may occur. Often, these teeth can be saved. For minor damage, something as simple as a dental veneer may be enough. For more severe damage, a dental crown may be required. If the tooth is too damaged, though, repair may no longer be an option.
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Once your dentist has determined you require an extraction, they will set an appointment for the procedure. During the procedure, they will administer anesthesia, then use special tools to extract the tooth. If the extraction is simple, they will use forceps to dislodge the tooth.
The techniques used for extraction are determined by the anatomy, position, and structure of the surrounding bone. Once the tooth is loose, it can be fully extracted from the socket.
Once the tooth is outside of the mouth, the dentist may thoroughly clean the socket to prevent any inflammation and remove leftover fragments of bone or crushed pieces of tooth. This step, called curettage, may not be necessary in some cases.
Another tooth extraction option is surgical. During this form of extraction, your dentist will provide you with an anesthetic to ensure you don’t experience any pain. From there, they will make a small incision into the gums and remove the tooth. The area is then cleaned and stitched up.
At Great Lakes Dental Excellence, we are able to provide restorative and extraction services. If the tooth can be saved, we will do so. If not, we can provide expert extraction services. We provide both simple and surgical extractions. This includes extractions for erupting wisdom teeth. Communication is very important for any procedure, and we will walk you through the procedure every step of the way, so you know what to expect. We will also provide you with at-home recovery care instructions to ensure your safety and proper healing. If you have any questions about extractions or restorative services, feel free to reach out.
We are happy to speak with you and set an appointment for a dentist to take a look at your damaged tooth and let you know what options are available.