Tooth Extraction For Pain Management
Why an Extraction May Be Necessary
Some cases where it is best to remove the natural tooth include teeth crowding. Sometimes your bite can be better corrected by the removal of teeth so there is enough space to align them comfortably. In young kids, removing primary teeth that are delayed in coming out can help permanent teeth come in properly. In adults, impacted wisdom teeth that are pushing on molars, causing pain, swelling, and infections are best removed. For teeth that are otherwise located and impacted due to inadequate space, the need for extraction may still arise.
People undergoing radiation and cancer treatments often need to have teeth removed as they have become irradiated or infected. With weakened immune systems, it can be dangerous to keep an infected tooth in place as it could worsen the overall health of the sufferer.
Preparing for an Extraction
Our dentist will take an x-ray of the area to determine how best to approach the extraction. This is especially important in the case of impacted teeth that have yet to erupt. Being able to see how they are positioned and located will help direct our dentist. It also helps in ascertaining the position of any nerves and sinuses around the area of the tooth.
Depending on your health condition, we may prescribe antibiotics even before the procedure. You will want to wear comfortable clothing. Be sure to wear short sleeves or something that can easily be rolled up if the dentist advises you that general anesthesia will be used. If you suffer any illness or symptoms of concern before the procedure, call us and we can shift your appointment to a future date when you are better. Even a cold can cause congestion that is not safe when anesthesia is involved.
How Dental Extractions Are Performed
Simple extractions are done on teeth that are fully erupted. Local anesthesia is typically applied to help keep you comfortable and pain-free. Our dentist uses a dental instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to pull it out.
If the tooth is not fully erupted or has been broken above the gum line, a surgical extraction will be carried out. Depending on the case, local or general anesthesia may be used. A small incision is made into your gums to expose the tooth better. In some instances, the tooth may need to be broken into pieces to extract it. Some bone around it may also need to be removed. Once the tooth is extracted, we offer some of the best tooth replacement options like dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
If you have a damaged tooth, let us assist you in finding the healthiest treatment option. Call our team at Ford Dental Group at 714-409-6161, and let us help you restore that perfect smile.