Beyond Dental and Implant Center
Your teeth are an important feature of your mouth. Along with biting and chewing, your teeth control airflow when you speak. They also provide you with a beautiful smile and help to maintain the health and integrity of your jawbone. Because the teeth are so important, the ideal solution when they are faced with damage is to restore them. However, when the teeth are severely damaged, they may not be able to be repaired. In fact, attempting to save severely damaged teeth can compromise your oral health. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can help to restore your oral health by extracting these teeth and providing you with replacements.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are several situations in which a tooth extraction may be necessary. These situations include:
- Cracks below the gumline. Teeth with cracks that start at the crown, but travel below the gumline or teeth with cracks completely below the gumline make treatment with a crown impossible.
- Teeth that are completely split in half or shattered. These teeth cannot be saved with a crown.
- Significant tooth decay. Fillings compromise the integrity of teeth with severe decay, and there may not be enough tooth structure remaining to support a crown.
- Impacted teeth. While wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted, this issue can affect any tooth. An impacted tooth is one that cannot erupt properly, or at all, through the gums. These teeth not only cause significant pain, but they can also put your oral health at risk as well.
- Overcrowding. Overcrowding can affect your smile and your oral health. In some cases, one or more teeth may need to be extracted to allow for effective orthodontic treatment.
Determining if a Tooth Can Be Saved or Should Be Extracted
When you are faced with tooth damage, it is important that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will perform a thorough oral exam to assess the extent of the damage and explore every possible treatment option. Your exam involves both a visual assessment of your teeth as well as dental x-rays. Minor damage that only affects the enamel of your teeth often only requires a minor cosmetic treatment to restore the appearance of your smile. More significant damage may require a filling or a crown. If the extent of the damage is too severe, restoring the tooth may not be possible, and a tooth extraction becomes necessary. While discussing tooth extraction, we will also go over your options for tooth replacement.
Performing Your Extraction
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted, a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is done under a local anesthetic. We grip the tooth and move it back and forth to widen the periodontal ligament, which then allows us to lift the tooth free.
In more complex situations, a surgical extraction often becomes necessary. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be provided. We make small incisions in your gums to expose the root of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone. Next, we remove the tooth. This may require us to remove a portion of bone around the tooth or to section the tooth and remove it in pieces. Once the tooth is fully removed, we clean the empty space and suture the gums closed.
While restoring damaged teeth is always the preferred solution, it is not always the best. If you have suffered severe tooth damage and are in need of tooth extraction, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center today.