Unfortunately, there are certain circumstances that may require a routine tooth extraction. In fact, it is one of the most common dental procedures. Luckily, today’s extractions are often quick, painless, and involve a minimal amount of aftercare. Put simply; there is no reason to worry about a routine extraction. As with other procedures, the knowledge of what will happen is much worse than the reality.
Why Are Teeth Extracted?
We extract a tooth when there is irreparable damage to the tooth or its socket. If you have a severely decayed tooth, severely fractured tooth, impacted tooth, or poorly functional tooth, we may suggest an extraction. Extractions are also performed to remove wisdom teeth that lead to crowding issues after they erupt. Patients with periodontal disease may need an extraction after a significant bone loss.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
At Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we will determine whether the extraction is complicated or routine. A routine, or simple extraction, is a non-surgical solution that involves teeth that have already erupted. A surgical extraction is reserved for teeth that have broken off at the gumline, or teeth that are impacted.
During a routine extraction, the dentist must “expand” the socket, and separate it from its ligaments. The bone that encases the root of a tooth is relatively spongy. Because of this, the dentist will have to firmly rock the tooth back and forth against the walls of the socket, so the bone compresses. As this is repeated, the entire socket will gradually increase in size. Eventually, there will be enough space to remove the tooth with ease.
To grasp and apply pressure, the dentist will use extraction forceps. We have several types of forceps to remove the specific shape of the tooth. For instance, we would use a different set of forceps to remove a molar and then we would use to remove an incisor. We may also choose to use another appliance, known as a dental elevator. An elevator is designed to be wedged into the ligament space between the tooth and the bone. In some cases, we can use an elevator to completely remove the tooth. In other cases, we may need to finish the job with the forceps.
These days, you will not feel any pain during the procedure. If you do, please let us know, so we can properly numb the area before proceeding with the rest of the extraction. You should expect to feel some pressure, but this should not be an indicator of pain. You may also expect to hear some strange noises. Do not to be alarmed if you hear some minor snaps or “breaking” sounds during the procedure.
After we extract your tooth, the dentist will give you a list of post-operative instructions. Above all else, we want the empty socket to clot and form a barrier. This will stop bacteria from entering the wound, and aid in the healing process. If the protective barrier over the empty socket fails to form, you may experience “dry socket.” This painful condition is fairly uncommon but should be addressed immediately if you notice any symptoms. If there is a sharp pain in the socket that causes difficulties eating, drinking, and speaking, contact us as soon as possible.
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