Why would a tooth need to be extracted?

No one wants to have a tooth pulled, but sometimes a simple extraction can be the best option to preserve the well-being of a person’s overall oral health. While most dental treatments are performed in an effort to save a natural tooth at all costs, there are instances when this step would do more harm than good. If you need to have a tooth extracted, the trusted team at Walnut Creek Dental East in Groveport, OH is here to ensure the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Here’s what you should know about tooth extractions before scheduling your complimentary consultation with one of our experienced dentists. 

Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

Surgical tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that requires the removal of a tooth from its dry socket along the gum line. Just as with any dental treatment, tooth extractions can occur for a variety of different reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Impaction
  • Not enough room in your mouth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Overcrowding
  • Trauma
  • Advanced Infection
  • Damage beyond repair
  • Cost of restoration too high

If you notice something wrong with one of your teeth, such as pain when you eat cold or hot foods, or suspect that you may have a tooth that needs to be pulled, you should seek orthodontic treatment. Dental problems won’t go away on their own and can quickly progress into more complicated situations, including spreading infection from one tooth to other areas of your mouth. At Walnut Creek Dental, our friendly team can help determine the best way to treat all your oral health issues, relieve your symptoms and protect the health of your smile.

What Should I Expect During a Tooth Extraction?

If the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for surgical tooth extraction, don’t worry, there are a number of reasons for a tooth extraction that can improve your oral health. Modern tooth extractions are generally quick, gentle, and comfortable. Depending on the condition of your tooth, you will undergo a non-surgical extraction (simple tooth extraction) or a surgical extraction. Here’s what you can expect during both:

Simple Tooth Extraction

The dentist will numb the surrounding area of the affected tooth using a local anesthetic, then hold onto the tooth using a special tooth. They’ll carefully wiggle the tooth back and forth to quickly pull it out. When it’s been removed, the area where the tooth was will be cleaned and gauze will be packed in the space to stop the bleeding.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

If your tooth is impacted, surgery will be required to remove it. The dentist will sedate you with general anesthesia to ensure that you’re comfortable and don’t experience any pain prior to your extraction. Rather than simply pulling it, the affected tooth will be cut out along with any surrounding gum tissue and/or bone that has become infected. When the tooth has been removed, sutures will be used to close up the remaining hole, and gauze will be packed on top to stop the bleeding. The recovery period should improve your dental health, and heal completely in 3-4 weeks.

Walnut Creek Dental East: The Best Choice for Your Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth pulled by dental professionals is often the best way to relieve dental pain and prevent oral health problems from progressing, especially in the early stages. The sooner a problematic tooth or tooth infection is identified, and to avoid further damage, the easier restoring your mouth to good oral health will be. With this in mind, it’s important to visit the dentist every six months for routine dental checkups, tell them about your specific needs, and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice something wrong with a tooth. If you do have to have a tooth pulled, the trusted team at Walnut Creek Dental East is here to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible and figure out the best treatment plan for you. Your comfort is always our top priority. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!

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