While having a tooth pulled is usually the last resort in preserving your mouth’s health, the extraction needs to be performed safely by an expert dentist. The team at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, is experienced with tooth extractions, doing them safely with minimal pain. To find out if you need a tooth extracted or how you can prevent one, call or schedule an appointment online at the office nearest you.
Tooth extractions involve the complete removal of a problematic tooth. Some tooth extractions, like wisdom teeth extractions, are common and performed on nearly everyone. Others are medically necessary and are the result of a damaged or decayed tooth that is beyond repair. Cases like these are usually the last resort when treatments like crowns or fillings can’t preserve the damaged tooth.
The two main types of tooth extractions are:
Simple extractions are the pulling of teeth that can be seen in your mouth. They are less invasive than surgical extractions, involving an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth before it is safely pulled.
More complex than simple extractions, surgical extractions are used on teeth that lie below your gum line. In some cases, the tooth has broken off and left the lower half in your gum. In other cases, the tooth simply hasn’t erupted through your gums.
In either case, your oral surgeon cuts open your gum for full access to the tooth before surgically removing it.
There are several reasons why your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. In any case, your mouth will likely feel much more comfortable after the procedure than before. Common reasons for tooth extractions are:
Your dentist only recommends a tooth extraction if it’s necessary or will alleviate discomfort. In most cases, other options are considered before resorting to an extraction.
During a simple extraction, your dentist uses a local anesthetic on the area around the tooth so that you don’t feel the pain of it being pulled out.
For a surgical extraction, you’ll be given a much stronger anesthetic and you could be sedated. You won’t feel the surgery, but you’ll experience pain and swelling in the days or weeks after the operation. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication for the period after your extraction.
To find out more about tooth extractions and whether you need one, call or schedule an appointment online at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.