If you have a tooth that’s causing problems but isn’t treatable with any other procedure or oral surgery, your dentist will need to pull it. This procedure is called an extraction.
The type of extraction required depends on several different factors. The Smile Dental team evaluates your tooth and lets you know which procedure type you need.
A simple extraction requires an elevator, an instrument your dentist uses to loosen the tooth before lifting it out with forceps. The team at Smile Dental offers local anesthetics to make this procedure painless.
Surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure. Your dentist uses a scalpel to make a small incision in the gums around the tooth. They might also need to cut the tooth into pieces to remove it entirely or remove some of the bone around the tooth.
To keep you numb and at ease for your surgical extraction, the team offers both local and intravenous anesthetics, as well as general anesthetics.
If the team at Smile Dental recommends an extraction, it’s likely because it’s necessary to preserve your oral health. For example, in the case of wisdom teeth, extractions can help you avoid complications like misalignment or an abscess from an impacted tooth.
Sometimes, an extraction can be a lifesaver. Pulling an infected tooth and taking antibiotics to kill off the remaining infection in your gums keeps the infection from spreading to other parts of your body. Your heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs are at risk if a tooth infection begins to spread. Infections in these organs can be life-threatening.
To find out if you need an extraction, call Smile Dental today or schedule a consultation online.