A tooth may need to be removed if it is severely infected or damaged and can’t be restored through other treatments or procedures. While tooth extractions are generally a last resort, they are often necessary to relieve the patient’s pain or prevent the spread of infection. In some cases, wisdom teeth are also removed to avoid future issues with overcrowding in the jaw. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common reasons for extracting teeth. When performing the procedure at City Family Dental & Implant Centre, the dentist will first numb the area with an anesthetic and remove the affected tooth. Patients should not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure but may experience some soreness afterward. The dentist will explain aftercare instructions and may recommend pain medications for the first few days following your extraction.
When tooth decay progresses extensively, it can compromise the tooth structure to a point where it is unsalvageable. In such cases, extraction may be necessary to prevent further damage and the spread of infection to neighboring teeth.
Wisdom teeth, known as third molars, often emerge improperly or fail to erupt fully. This can lead to pain, infections, crowding, and potential damage to adjacent teeth. Extraction of impacted wisdom teeth is a common preventive measure.
Occasionally, dental extractions are part of orthodontic treatment plans to create sufficient space for proper tooth alignment. By removing specific teeth, orthodontists can facilitate effective orthodontic correction.
Advanced periodontal disease can lead to loosening of teeth due to the destruction of supporting tissues and bone. Extraction may be necessary in severe cases where teeth are beyond repair to prevent further gum and bone damage.
Before a dental extraction, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to evaluate the tooth's condition, position, and surrounding structures. This assessment ensures a proper understanding of the tooth's situation and helps determine the best approach for the extraction. Your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding the tooth being extracted. Depending on the complexity of the extraction or patient preference, additional sedation options may be available, such as nitrous oxide or intravenous (IV) sedation.
Once the area is numb and you are comfortable, the dentist will begin the extraction process. They will use specialized instruments to gently loosen the tooth from its socket and carefully remove it. Sometimes, the tooth must be sectioned into smaller pieces for easier removal. After the extraction, your dentist will place a piece of sterile gauze over the site to control bleeding and promote clot formation. Bite down gently to apply pressure. As recommended by your dentist, over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort or swelling after the extraction.
While dental extractions may sound daunting, they are often necessary to preserve oral health and prevent further complications. To learn more about the benefits of dental extractions, visit City Family Dental & Implant Centre at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 554-1700.