A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in its entirety. It is usually done to prevent the adjoining teeth from getting infected and to save the patient from enduring severe pain. Dentists usually consider every single treatment procedure before suggesting an extraction, as a lot of importance is given to preserving the natural tooth.
Drs. Thor G. Thorson, Stephen S. Garner, and Jason R. Boeskin are our highly-experienced dentists. Together, with our team, we deliver the best treatment to all our patients that are both conservative and effective. This is what makes us one of the most sought-after dental practices in the Yuma, AZ, area.
Need for an extraction
Cavities: Cavities are the prime cause of tooth extractions. Excessive consumption of sugary foods and improper oral hygiene can lead to the formation of plaque and calculus on the teeth. If they aren’t removed regularly, the bacteria can erode the enamel, giving rise to cavities. If the cavities aren’t treated during the early stages, they may advance to the roots, causing a root canal infection, and may also infect the gums. Hence, teeth with severe cavities will have to be extracted.
Damaged teeth: A hard blow to the mouth could mean a cracked or a broken tooth. When the extent of damage is minimal, it can be treated with either a crown, veneer, or filling material. But when the tooth can’t be restored by any means, it will have to be extracted. If not, the exposed pulp of the tooth can get infected by the microbes in the mouth.
Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth are the ones that tend to get ‘stuck’ in the socket of the jawbone. They neither emerge fully, nor remain under the gums, and can cause a lot of pain. It is best to have them extracted, which otherwise, can cause an infection.
Apart from these, extractions are also performed when a child’s milk tooth refuses to fall off, while getting dentures, during orthodontic treatment, etc.
The patient would carefully examine the teeth and conclude whether or not an extraction is required. Local anesthesia would be administered to numb the teeth and surrounding gums. Also, if the patient feels too anxious, anti-depressants such as nitrous oxide can be suggested
The tooth to be extracted would be gripped firmly using forceps. Then, the dentist would gently jerk it to loosen it from the socket. When the tooth has been loosened enough, it will be extracted along with the root in one go. The patient would only feel a sensation of pressure when the tooth is being extracted. You would be asked to bite into a cotton gauze to reduce the bleeding. Post extraction, care must be taken not to dislodge the clot at the extraction site. Also, the consumption of hot foods must be avoided.
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