At Dr G Dental Studio, an extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are performed for various reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed tooth structure and infection that could spread to surrounding teeth. If impacted teeth are causing pain, our dentist will likely also recommend an extraction.
Before proceeding with tooth extraction, our dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic and place a dental dam over the tooth or teeth being treated. Our doctor will then use instruments to loosen the tooth in its socket and remove it using forceps. Once the procedure is complete, our doctor will place sutures to close the gum and advise the patient on recovery practices at home.
Patients often expect pain and swelling following an extraction, but these symptoms are only temporary. The dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and reduce patient discomfort.
The Reasons for Tooth Extractions
The most common reasons for tooth extraction include severe tooth decay, advanced gum disease, and teeth that are poorly positioned in the mouth. When a tooth is impacted or prevented from erupting into the mouth’s correct position, our dentist has to remove it to avoid damage to the patient’s other healthy teeth. Other treatment options may include braces or orthodontic care to move the tooth into proper alignment.
A tooth severely damaged by decay may be too damaged to be repaired with a simple filling or other restoration. In these cases, dentists may recommend extracting the affected tooth. Similarly, in cases of advanced gum disease, removing one or more teeth may also be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth and causing further damage. This may also reduce complications and prevent the need for more extensive treatment.
The Benefits of Tooth Extractions
Elimination of Pain and Discomfort
Teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or damaged can cause significant pain and discomfort. By removing the problematic tooth, extraction can alleviate the associated pain and discomfort, providing immediate relief.
Prevention of Infection Spread
Infected teeth, such as those with deep dental caries or abscesses, can harbor bacteria that can spread to other areas of the mouth, face, or even the bloodstream. Tooth extraction eliminates the source of infection, preventing its spread to adjacent teeth and other body parts.
Treatment of Crowding and Orthodontic Purposes
In severe dental crowding or malocclusion, tooth extraction may be necessary for orthodontic treatment. Removing a tooth can create space to align the remaining teeth properly, facilitating orthodontic correction and improving overall dental alignment.
After extraction, appropriate follow-up care that includes discussion of tooth replacement options is essential to maintain proper dental function and aesthetics. Visit Dr G Dental Studio at 2500 SW 107th Ave #45, Miami 33165, or call (305) 217-6453 for the best dental care.