Dental Extractions And Why You May Need One

It is true that nobody wants to hear that they need a tooth extraction, but one of the best ways to be completely free and experience relief from a toothache is through Dental extraction.  As the name implies, an extraction involves the removal of a tooth. There are a number of reasons why you might be advised to have your tooth removed and that can be due to a severe tooth infection, tooth decay, gum disease (periodontal), to make space for tooth realignment, and lots more. However, in a situation whereby the only escape route is dental extraction, then your dentist can either perform a simple extraction or a more complicated procedure depending on your tooth.

Simple Extractions

Simple tooth extractions are removal procedures that do not necessarily require the use of surgical techniques. These types of extractions are the most common in the world of dentistry and are often prescribed when a tooth is extensively damaged to be fixed or if the patient is not a candidate for root canal treatment. During a simple extraction, the dentist will remove the tooth by grasping it with forceps or traditional elevator and loosen the gums around the socket.

Simple Tooth Extraction Process

The dental removal procedure involving simple extraction doesn’t take long to complete. But if you are anxious, your dentist may recommend sedating you so that you don’t feel anything.

In other to start loosening the infected tooth, the teeth are held to the bone by a thin piece of soft tissue known as the periodontal ligament. This tissue is used by the dentist to remove the tooth by pulling and rocking it from side to side so that the socket in the bone can enlarge; which then breaks the ligament that helps to hold the tooth in place. Depending on the tooth, simple extractions usually take few minutes after you must have been numbed with local anesthesia.

Once completed, the dentist will place a gauze in your mouth to bite on and you will be free to go.

Complex Extractions

We now know that simple extraction involves pulling out an infected tooth but what happens when a decayed or infected tooth has nothing left above the gum line and there is no way your dentist can easily grab and pull out. In such cases, your dentist will need to perform a more complicated extraction procedure that involves getting the tooth out below the gum line, as he won’t be able to use the traditional method of pulling and rocking.

Complex Tooth Extraction Process

Unlike the simple extraction procedure, removing or uprooting a damaged tooth using the complex extraction process requires your dentist to make an incision in your gum around the infected or decayed tooth, and raise the flap he cut to expose the bone.  This method allows the bone around the tooth to be exposed so that there can be enough visible tooth for the dentist to grab and pull out. However, in a case whereby the tooth is embedded in the bone, the dentist will need to use a drill and chip away at the bone to get to the tooth.  This technique is known as “cutting the tooth out”, and it happens to be very common with impacted teeth or teeth that are severely decayed.  Once the dentist has cut his way to the tooth and removed it, he will carefully sew back the flap of skin that was cut to get to the tooth. After your treatment, the flap of skin that was sewed and the socket will heal over time – providing you take care of it.

Dental extractions are very common among 74% of adults and happen on a daily basis for dentists. Although, oral surgeons are the best for dental extractions as extractions are all they do basically. Yet, it is important to understand that all types of extractions, even the simplest ones will require time to heal. But as long as you take care of your extraction site, you will be able to avoid common pitfalls such as dry sockets and other mishaps. Finally, though these procedures might be painful but when it is all over, you will eventually start to feel a lot better.

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