Improved Dental Health Through Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction isn’t always necessary, but when it is, we take exceptional care to ensure that your procedure is quick and comfortable, and that the extraction leaves a minimal impact on your oral health. For instance, we may follow tooth extraction with ridge preservation, which involves fortifying the newly-empty socket in your jawbone with specialized bone grafting. We’ll also work closely with you before your tooth extraction, to determine your best option for replacing the tooth and restoring your bite function, balance, and beauty. Before your procedure, your dentist will anesthetize the tooth and surrounding area, and you may ask about dental sedation options to help you remain calm.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
When wisdom teeth, or third molars, develop, they often have little room, and can grow crooked instead of straight up and down. For patients with impacted wisdom teeth, removing the molars is the only way to alleviate the pain and pressure, and protect surrounding teeth from damage.
Other common reasons for tooth extraction may include:
- Severe periodontal disease that has left a tooth without enough support
- Extreme tooth decay/cavities
- Overcrowded teeth
- Extensive tooth damage (i.e., cracks, fractures, and breaks)
- To make way for orthodontic treatment
- And more
Types of Tooth Extraction
Simple tooth extraction
Simple tooth extraction is accomplished by grasping and carefully loosening the tooth using gentle back and forth motions. Once the root is loose, your dentist can easily remove the tooth from its socket. Simple tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and have enough exposed tooth structure to grasp.
Surgical tooth extraction
Surgical tooth extraction is accomplished by surgically revealing a tooth’s structure underneath the periodontal tissues so that it can be safely removed. This allows your dentist to remove it from the socket when there is no, or not enough, exposed tooth structure to effectively grasp. Surgical extraction is typically recommended for the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, or for teeth that are broken below the gum line.