There are times that a tooth cannot be saved or kept in the patient’s mouth, such as potentially or currently disruptive wisdom teeth. It is unfortunate when these instances occur, but they require the services of a skilled dental surgeon to successfully extract. If you need a tooth extraction, contact our team right away to learn more about our available services.
Understanding Tooth Extraction
Common Reasons for Extraction
Tooth extraction, commonly called tooth pulling, is used as a last resort treatment in most circumstances, but there are exceptions. Common reasons for the extraction of a permanent (adult) tooth include:
- Wisdom teeth crowding – Many people are unlucky enough to have one or more wisdom teeth growing in at painful, dangerous angles. If even one tooth is a risk for erupting in a way that causes other teeth to come out of alignment or pain to the patient, then extraction of all wisdom teeth is typically recommended.
- Severe tooth decay – Rarely, a tooth is so decayed or rotted that it cannot be saved with fillings, root canal therapy, and other preventive treatments. In these circumstances, tooth extraction is recommended to prevent decay from spreading to other teeth and gum disease growth.
- Intense pain – While uncommon, there are instances when a patient’s level of pain can cause them to opt for extraction.
- Infection – Deeply rooted infection, in the tooth or surrounding gum, can make infection a viable option for the overall health of the patient. These instances are exceedingly uncommon, and can usually be handled with antibiotics and preventive treatments.
Tooth extraction is a surprisingly major surgery, as permanent teeth are made to last an individual’s entire life; the roots of these teeth are anchored in bone and must be carefully removed to avoid dangerous complications and intense pain. If not performed by an experienced dental surgeon, the patient could be at risk for some undesirable side effects with their tooth extraction including the dreaded painful “dry socket,” infection, and other health complications. Patients should be advised of the risks before undergoing extraction, and we always advise choosing alternative treatments to save the tooth whenever possible.
Once a tooth has been extracted, patients often feel self-conscious or inconvenienced by the missing area of tooth. What many people don’t realize right away is that an extracted tooth leaves a deeper gap than just the visible tooth, causing the gums to curve upwards to where the core of the tooth once was. Many seek a dental implant or bridge to fill the void left behind by the missing tooth, both of which we can provide at Salvatore Dental.
Salvatore Dental performs tooth extractions on wisdom teeth, baby teeth and teeth that cannot be otherwise saved. Dr. Richard Jr. completed a residency program that focused on tooth extractions and has developed advanced techniques to make the appointment as comfortable as possible. We also offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to help our patients with reduced anxiety.