Tooth extractions are a dental treatment that removes one or more of your natural teeth. The main reasons why a patient would need an extraction is mainly caused by traumatic injury, extensive decay, bone loss, or severe wear.
What are tooth extractions?
Extraction is the process of removing one or more teeth painlessly, and with no damage to the adjacent teeth or soft tissues. Many people might need to have an extraction at one point or another. Sometimes, you might have to extract a tooth to accommodate a prosthetic treatment plan.
When are tooth extractions necessary?
There are a number of reasons why you might need to have a tooth pulled. The team at Novudentics prefers to take a conservative approach, preserving as much healthy tooth tissue as possible. However, there are times when extractions offer the best available option.
Some of the reasons you might need a tooth extraction include:
- Creating room for a tooth to erupt properly
- Wisdom teeth that are malpositioned
- Preparing for orthodontic treatment
- Teeth compromised by severe decay
- Teeth broken off at the gumline
- Treatment for advanced gum disease
- Severely worn dentition
Tooth extraction procedures
In the case of a simple extraction, use of local anesthetic ensures you remain comfortable from start to finish. Your dentist may use a special dental tool, called an elevator, to create a gentle back-and-forth rocking motion that weakens the connection between your tooth and bone. Forceps allows your dentist to grasp the tooth and remove it from the socket.
In some cases, such as an impacted wisdom tooth, it may require your dentist to break it into smaller parts before extraction. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist numbs your mouth so you won’t feel a thing.
Novudentics also provides sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable throughout wisdom tooth removal. Sedation will make you feel very sleepy and allow you to relax as you receive dental treatment. The team follows up with their patients postoperatively because they believe that the treatment does not end whenever a patient leaves the premises.
Your dentist provides in-depth, post-procedure verbal and written care instructions. Following these guidelines supports your oral environment as it heals.
If you believe you need tooth extractions, the team at Novudentics is here to help. You can book your visit online or call the office to get started.