Tooth extraction is performed when a tooth cannot be saved with the help of restorations or treatments. It reduces pain and prevents the spread of infection. Tooth extractions involve the permanent removal of a tooth from its socket and are sometimes performed to remove the surplus teeth.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are multiple reasons for tooth extraction, including:
In case of severe tooth infection, tooth extraction is suggested to prevent the further spread of infection. It is carried out when root canal therapy or the use of antibiotics do not cure it.
If there is no space for wisdom teeth to erupt, an infection may develop near it and cause severe pain. Tooth extraction may be performed to remove it entirely.
If you are undergoing medical treatment like radiation, chemotherapy, or organ transplant, tooth extraction is done to cut the risk of infection.
Tooth extraction is done to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment, which includes appropriately aligning the teeth. The teeth on either side of the mouth are extracted to make space for braces or Invisalign.
In the case of gum or periodontal diseases, an infection of the soft tissues and adjoining bones causes loosening of the teeth and may require tooth extraction.
Sometimes a hard blow to the mouth breaks or cracks the teeth. Due to this, the dental pulp may get exposed to the bacteria in the oral cavity, resulting in root canal infection. If the damage can't be treated and restoration is not possible, tooth extraction is the only solution in such cases.
Tooth Extraction Process
The procedure of tooth extraction can be simple or surgical, depending on the positioning of the tooth.
In a simple tooth extraction procedure, we numb the tooth, gum tissues, and the adjoining areas using local anesthesia. The patient feels only pressure during the process and no pain. With the help of a dental elevator, the tooth is loosened and removed using forceps.
A surgical extraction is a comparatively more complex tooth extraction process, performed when the tooth is cracked at the gum line or has not erupted fully. During a surgical extraction, a patient is given both local and IV anesthesia to keep them calm and relaxed. During the procedure, a small incision is made into the gum to remove the underlying tooth. Suitable aftercare instructions will be given to assist in healing.
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