Removing a tooth through a professional extraction process can provide a solution to extensive tooth damage. It also solves overcrowding or wisdom teeth, or works as part of a tooth restoration service like dentures. Because extractions solve problems like these instead of allowing them to worsen, they are included in preventive dentistry.
At Linworth Family Dental, our team of dentists offers our community members extraction services, including wisdom tooth removal. We can also help restore your smile through tooth replacements in cases where that is relevant and desired. When they are needed, extractions improve oral health and overall health to support an optimal state of wellness.
Dental Extraction Due to Tooth Damage or Gum Disease
Our goal is to use any intervention we can to save a natural tooth, such as a filling, inlay, onlay or root canal. However, there are occasions when it is best for the whole oral health picture for one of our dentists to remove a particular tooth.
Generally, this is the case when a tooth has severe decay or injury past the point of repair. Taking away the tooth keeps the damage contained to that area and disposed of, instead of allowing it to spread to the gums and even jaw. An infection in an untreated tooth can spread until it leads to more extensive problems, such as the loss of numerous teeth or spreading to other parts of the body. We may also need to extract teeth due to gum disease.
Dental Extraction Due to Overcrowding or Other Dental Services
Another scenario is removing a tooth to make room for other teeth or for dental restorations. We may need to take out a tooth or teeth to install a denture or bridge. In other cases, certain teeth are creating overcrowding so that none of the teeth have enough space. This can create problems with tooth alignment and bite, as well as pain in the jaw, teeth and head.
There may also be wisdom teeth that are coming in incorrectly, are not popping through the gums or do not have room. It’s possible for wisdom teeth to come in without concern, but problematic wisdom teeth have the potential to move other teeth, become trapped and cause tooth loss, gum disease and bone damage. An exam can help our team recognize whether your oral health may benefit from wisdom tooth removal.
What Is the Extraction Process?
There are different types of extractions, and we provide both at our office. These include simple extractions and surgical extractions. We use the simple extraction method whenever possible, which involves one of our dentists gently removing the tooth with specialty tools. If needed for more difficult cases or wisdom tooth removal, we rely on surgical extractions. In this case, our team instructs you on the procedure before it takes place.
For both types, we numb the area and may use a general anesthesia, depending on the situation, so the process is comfortable and without pain. Advanced methods and sedation dentistry have made this process easier than ever for our patients.
Start With a Consultation
If you have a dental problem, such as tooth pain or overcrowding, start with a consultation appointment so we can figure out the extent of the problem and the best solutions. If possible, we use minimal treatment methods to avoid extraction, or our dentists turn to extraction if it prevents further issues and dental work. We may also recommend extraction before performing a restoration to bring back your best smile.
Call our office at 614-799-9500 to make your consultation appointment.