Dental extractions are generally performed for various reasons, including infection, tooth decay, injury, and orthodontic procedures. Tooth extractions are a comparatively standard procedure in most dental offices. They usually require local anesthesia to numb the area and minimize discomfort. And the difficulty of the process varies with the case and the patient.
At North Alabama Smiles, our dentists will always work to save your teeth. However, there are occasions when a tooth extraction is a crucial part of attaining and preserving that healthy smile.
What Are the Reasons for Tooth Extraction?
- A tooth is severely diseased and cannot be saved.
- There is a risk of infection spreading to other parts of the mouth.
- A primary tooth has not fallen out, hindering the emergence of permanent teeth.
- An impacted wisdom tooth increases the risk of gum infection and decay.
- Orthodontic treatment requires it.
Types of Extractions
When you visit our office, our dentists will first carry out a comprehensive oral examination to check the tooth's condition. We will evaluate the tooth's position in the jawbone and recommend an extraction only when the impaired tooth harms your oral health or a prosthetic replacement will be a better solution. Tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia, and its position will determine the procedure necessary to extract the tooth.
- Simple Extraction
In a simple extraction, we will remove the tooth using forceps and elevators. This is done when the tooth's top surface is visible above the gum-line and the tooth's root is straight. Once the tooth is pulled out from its position, the bone socket is filled with bone graft material.
- Surgical Extraction
A surgical extraction is performed when some portion of the tooth's crown or the whole tooth is embedded under the gum line. For this, an incision is made in the gums, and the overlapping bone tissues will be removed before the tooth is pulled out. In complicated cases, the tooth may be broken into pieces and removed. The opening will then be sealed with sutures to ensure proper healing.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Once the extraction is accomplished, our team will provide detailed instructions on the follow-up care. It is normal to have some discomfort even after simple extractions. Typically, painkillers and antibiotics can help reduce swelling, minimize pain, and speed up recovery.
If you want to know more about tooth extractions, visit North Alabama Smiles at 55 Golfview Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016. You can also reach us at (256) 586-8100 and schedule an appointment.