Having a tooth extraction isn’t anyone’s first choice of how to spend their day, but it could save your oral health. At Smile Dental in Moreno Valley, California, the expert family dentists provide simple and surgical extractions of wisdom teeth and teeth with extensive damage or decay. They can also offer extractions that prepare you for orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign®. To find out if an extraction could benefit your oral health, call Smile Dental today or request a consultation online.
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.
Tooth extractions are necessary for several reasons, though they’re rarely the first choice of treatment since keeping your natural teeth is preferable. You might need an extraction to:
The only teeth dentists extract regularly are the wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth usually come in last. They’re in the very back of each of your arches. Most people have four of them.
You might not need to have your wisdom teeth extracted if there is room for them to come in without trouble. But wisdom teeth often erupt at odd angles or become impacted, meaning that they don’t emerge above the gumline at all.
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.