Tooth extractions may be done to create room for erupting teeth, remove unhealthy teeth from the mouth, or improve the aesthetic of your smile.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it is possible that you can keep all of your teeth for life. But sometimes things happen that make it necessary to extract teeth. The decision to extract a tooth is usually made when the tooth cannot be saved by other methods and extraction and replacement is considered to be the best option.
Teeth that are damaged or decayed may be able to be saved by restoration. A dental crown can repair a tooth by rebuilding it and making it healthy and strong. When a tooth is diseased on the inside through to the pulp, its inner chamber, root canal is the only way to save it. Root canal clears out the inner infection and fills the tooth with material to restore it to health and full function. Root canal is usually successful, but on rare occasions it has to be repeated or the infection is too great and the tooth cannot be saved.
Sometimes teeth need to be extracted because they are positioned incorrectly and are crowding the mouth or presenting a risk of damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars or back teeth, are very often impacted or positioned at an angle and need to be removed. Sometimes teeth need to be removed in order for braces or other orthodontic procedures to work correctly.
Whatever the reason for tooth extraction, the process is usually simple if it involves teeth near the front of the mouth. These teeth have simple roots, while the back teeth have a more complex root structure. Simple extractions are usually done with a local anesthetic that numbs the area so you will feel no pain, but you will be awake through the procedure. General anesthesia that puts you to sleep is usually administered if you are undergoing removal of wisdom teeth, impacted teeth or if you are having several teeth removed at once.
Tooth extraction today is done with modern technology and anesthetics to make the procedure more efficient and comfortable than ever before. There are options available to help you relax even if you are awake for a simple extraction. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or would like to learn more, call us now for an appointment.
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