Removing Damaged Or Impacted Teeth
with Tooth Extractions
There are several reasons tooth extraction may be necessary. These could be due to tooth decay beyond restoration, extremely crooked or worn down teeth, and problematic or impacted wisdom teeth.
Tooth extraction may be necessary due to tooth decay, crooked or worn down teeth, and problematic or impacted wisdom teeth.
Why tooth extraction is recommended?
In instances when the tooth structure is badly destroyed by decay, defective restoration, by extra teeth blocking other teeth from coming out, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment, extraction may be advisable.
Wisdom Teeth and Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Partial eruption or complete impaction of the wisdom teeth usually happens when there is lack of space in the mouth or the teeth are not in an upright position. Impacted teeth fail to emerge at the exact position and become trapped in the jawbone and gums. This can lead to unexpected pain and may result in infections.
A careful review of your dental history and X-rays allows us to determine the condition of impacted wisdom teeth. After a thorough examination, if wisdom teeth are found to be problematic, an early extraction may be suggested to avoid further problems.
Extraction procedures may create minor pain, swelling and bleeding. And we may prescribe antibiotic treatment to control infection, swelling and discomfort. We also provide you with instructions and tips on how to take care of yourself at home.
Types of Tooth Extraction
Depending on the condition of your teeth, extraction is performed in two ways — simple tooth extraction or surgical tooth extraction.
In simple tooth extraction teeth are usually visible and can be easily accessed while using local anesthesia. Elevators and forceps are used to grab the visible portion of a tooth to expand the hole where it is lodged. Once the hole gets widened adequately, the tooth can be pulled out easily.
Surgical removal of teeth is more complex and is performed when teeth cannot be easily accessed because either they have only partially erupted or have broken down underneath the gum line. After adequate local anesthesia, the soft tissues and bone are cut to reach the teeth. A special drill is used to remove the adjacent bone tissues. To make the removal process easier, the tooth may need to be split into pieces.
Alternatives to Tooth Extraction
We carefully examine the condition of the tooth in question and will suggest the most appropriate treatments for you. If the tooth can be saved with a simple restoration or a root canal treatment, we will most definitely encourage a treatment that will save your natural tooth.
At Gentle Dental, we review your dental history and take x-rays to carefully observe the condition of impacted or potentially impacted wisdom teeth. After a thorough examination, if wisdom teeth are found to be problematic, an early extraction may be suggested to avoid further problems.
Wisdom tooth extraction procedures may create minor pain, swelling and bleeding, but discomfort is generally short-lived. After the extraction, we may prescribe antibiotic treatment to control infection, and will also provide you with instructions to diminish swelling and discomfort.