Dental Extractions

Extraction of a decayed tooth:

When a tooth is severely decayed and cannot be saved, extracting it can be the best choice for relieving pain and preventing the spread of infection. Most decayed teeth can be treated successfully with a filling or crown. But for these treatments to work, there must be enough healthy tooth structure above the jawbone to support the restoration.

Some teeth cannot be saved:

If too much of your tooth has been severely damaged by decay, there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure left to hold a restoration. In this case, we may have no choice but to what remains of the tooth.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

To determine if an extraction is right for your situation, we’ll perform a thorough exam, which typically includes x-rays. If the tooth cannot be saved, it’s important to extract it as soon as possible to prevent infection in the tooth and jawbone. With our modern dental techniques, the procedure should be a comfortable one for you. In many cases, we also recommend replacing an extracted tooth to preserve the jawbone and stabilize your bite, so we’ll talk with you about your replacement options.

Considering an Extraction for Wisdom Teeth:

Your last molars, called the third molars or wisdom teeth, typically begin to come in (erupt) during the late teens or early twenties. When they don’t have enough room to grow properly, they are considered impacted.

This can cause serious problems:

  • A very painful infection, called pericoronitis, can affect a partially erupted wisdom tooth and the surrounding gums. This infection can spread into the face and jaw.
  • When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt at an angle, it can cause decay in the neighboring tooth. This happens because wisdom teeth are nearly impossible to keep free of plaque, and the area between the two teeth becomes a trap for the bacteria in plaque that cause tooth decay.
  • Additional bacteria in plaque cause periodontal (gum) disease, which may start near the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the mouth.
  • A fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop around an impacted tooth. A cyst can  destroy a great deal of bone in the jaw before it’s noticed.

 

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