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Nov
18

Dental Extractions

There are times when it may be necessary to remove a tooth. Dentists perform dental extractions for a variety of reasons. Children may need to have a tooth extracted (pulled) if a baby tooth has irregular roots that prevent it from falling out and making way for a permanent tooth to move in. Adults may need to have a tooth extracted if the tooth has decay or is causing other oral problems.

Severe tooth decay is the number one reason for dental extractions. Decay can easily transfer to the surrounding teeth, so it is advisable to remove the decaying tooth in order to promote oral health. Severe gum disease is also a common reason to extract teeth. When the gum line has been compromised by decay, the supporting tissue and bone of the tooth is typically affected. If not removed, a decaying tooth or tooth compromised by gum disease can lead to serious health problems. The gums in a person’s mouth are made up of living tissue. Infections easy transfer throughout the body through tissue; therefore, by removing a decaying tooth a dentist is helping to restore health to a patient’s overall being.

There are two types of teeth extractions:

Simple Extractions are typically performed under local anesthetic with forceps to “break” the tooth away from the supporting bone and/or gum line.

Surgical Extractions are often performed under general anesthetic because they are not easily accessed.

If your dentist recommends a dental extraction to you, your dentist will most certainly talk to you about the next steps after your tooth has been removed. For many patients, replacing the extracted tooth with a bridge, dental implant, or other prosthetic device is not only esthetically desired, but can also be medically necessary to promote your oral health. Talk to your dentist about any concerns you have regarding a dental extraction.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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