A dental extraction involves the removal of a tooth from its socket. Dental extractions are inevitable if a tooth is damaged beyond restoration, for example, teeth with large cavities, root canal infection, or damage caused by external trauma.
When would an extraction be necessary?
Tooth extraction may be required in the following cases:
- When a tooth is seriously affected by a cavity and can't be saved even by root canal therapy, it will have to be extracted.
- When a tooth sustains damage due to external trauma, it may suffer cracks, chipping, fracture, or even break off at the gum line. It is better to get it extracted to prevent the tooth from causing much pain and oral infections.
- A tooth may need an extraction to make space for teeth' movement while receiving orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign).
- A tooth extraction maybe needed if your wisdom teeth is impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are the ones that get stuck in the socket while emerging. They do not stay under the gums, nor do they fully erupt, and this will result in immense pain and can lead to infection if left untreated.
- If your teeth is too crowded in the mouth affecting the aesthetics of the smile, an extraction maybe needed.
When you visit our office to get a dental extraction, we initially screen your oral cavity. The tooth to be extracted will be cleaned to get rid of microbes and prevent them from entering the extraction site. We will administer local anesthesia to numb the soft tissues of the mouth, teeth, and jawbone to prevent any pain or discomfort during the extraction. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the tooth will be pulled out of the socket. You will be asked to bite into a gauze piece to control the bleeding and promote the formation of a clot.
As the post-extraction care, you will be asked to avoid consuming foods that are too hot, cold, or spicy. Also, take extra care needs to be taken not to dislodge the clot while brushing your teeth, which otherwise could cause bleeding. After the healing of the wound, we can go ahead with preparing for a restoration procedure.
Please get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us at (209) 554-1700, and we’ll guide you further.