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Not many look forward to it, but tooth extraction is a reality that has to be carried out in certain circumstances. Individuals with healthy oral routines associate it with their wisdom teeth, while for those suffering from infections and tooth decay, at times, extraction is the only plausible solution. Our doctors at Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry are also called into service for tooth extraction when there’s an accident or injury that leaves little chance for remedial or restorative procedures without getting the tooth out.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
By its structural design, a tooth is supposed to be a permanent fixture in an adult’s life that should last well into the golden years. But, due to a variety of reasons, tooth extraction is the viable course of action in certain circumstances. A common cause is an infection that has spread deep into the roots and pulp. The first option is root canal surgery, but if the infection has led to serious damage, extraction is the ideal option, to make sure that the infection doesn’t spread and affect other teeth or gum. Gum disease, when left untreated, can also weaken the stability of the tooth, leaving extraction the only way out.
Our orthodontists also perform tooth extractions to alleviate the crowding of teeth. When there is little room for growth, it could lead to potential misalignment of the teeth. In certain cases, when the tooth cannot erupt from the gum, extraction is a recommended option. Patients undergoing certain treatments like chemotherapy or those who are scheduled for an organ transplant have weaker immune systems. To ensure that there are no further complications, tooth extraction is suggested for infection even at its starting stage.
Procedure for Tooth Extraction
Once our dentists have decided that tooth extraction is the right procedure for you, they will figure out if it’s a simple or surgical extraction. In the former, performed on teeth that’s visible, the area surrounding it is numbed with an anesthetic and the tooth removed. In the latter, anesthesia will be administered intravenously, and only then the surgery performed. In both cases, there are certain post-operative procedures to be followed. The area has to be kept disinfected and special care must be taken to not pressure on it while chewing or brushing. Depending on the level of pain, our dentists may also give you painkiller medication.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
That question can only be answered after a comprehensive examination from our team here at Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry. Our dentists will go through your dental history and conduct a comprehensive examination. If there is a damaged tooth that’s beyond repair or an infection that’s threatening nearby areas, tooth extraction will be the next step. Our medical staff will also inquire about other treatments or medical conditions, if any, and then examine your teeth with that information in the background. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (509) 928-4746. What we can assure you is that tooth extraction isn’t as painful as it sounds. And it will hurt in the short term, but help a lot more in the long-term.