A dental extraction is the removal of one or more teeth. The most common dental extractions are for wisdom teeth, followed by premolars and molars. Sometimes, a tooth that has severe decay and cannot be effectively treated with fillings or root canal therapy may need to be extracted as well. Teeth that become severely infected or potentially damage the surrounding teeth, bone, and gums may also have to be removed.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions
- Decay (cavities) that cannot be treated with fillings or root canal therapy
- Periodontal/gum disease
- A broken tooth that can’t be restored
- An infection that spreads throughout the entire tooth that cannot be treated sufficiently using medication
- Teeth causing damage to surrounding teeth, jawbone, and gums
What is the Procedure for Dental Extraction?
Dental extractions are usually carried out with the patient under local anesthesia. In rare cases, it may be necessary for the patient to stay overnight in the hospital. Dental extraction is now safer, thanks to the use of modern dental equipment such as surgical lasers, motorized endodontic handpieces, etc. Teeth are removed using different techniques depending on where in the mouth they are situated - the frontal teeth are usually more easily extracted than the rear teeth.
What are the Various Types of Extractions?
Wisdom teeth extractions are performed to prevent future problems such as damage to the adjoining teeth or before receiving orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth may sometimes get stuck in the jawbone just as they erupt, which is a painful condition called impacted wisdom teeth. Removing such teeth early on may help avoid further problems later on.
When an individual sustains severe damage to the mouth, such as during an automobile accident, a bad fall, or a sports-related injury, getting the tooth restored using restorations would be of extreme importance. But, if the tooth has been damaged beyond any restoration, we will have to remove it from the mouth altogether.
Teeth that have been decayed due to microbial activity can be restored by removing the decayed tissues and filling the cavity using tooth-colored filling material. But, if the decay has progressed deeper into the root canal cavity, restoring it may be tricky. If necessary, we will remove such teeth to prevent the infection from spreading to the adjoining teeth and gum tissues.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Chesterfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Hawatmeh. Please call us at (314) 576-4462 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.