Your teeth serve some important purposes. They allow you properly, and completely, chew your food. They allow you to be understood when you speak. A full, white smile speaks volumes to those around you. This is why, at Life Long Dental, we do everything possible to save your teeth in the event of damage. However, while we can save your teeth most of the time, there are some instances in which extraction is the only option.
Why do teeth need to be extracted?Typically, extractions are reserved for when there are no other options left. There are a few instances when an extraction might be required:
Simple Vs. Surgical ExtractionsThere are two types of extractions. Before we consider extraction, we first conduct a thorough oral examination, complete with x-rays, to rule out the possibility of any other options. The first is referred to as a simple extraction. As the name suggests, a simple extraction is a straightforward procedure. The tooth is loosened in its socket and lifted out.
A surgical extraction is a more complex extraction and is often used when the tooth is broken or blocked. We need to make incisions in your gum tissue to access the tooth and ensure that it is completely removed.
Extraction ProcedureThe procedure for extraction varies greatly on the type of extraction being performed. No matter which type of extraction we perform, you are given a local anesthetic. With a simple extraction, the tooth is gripped with a pair of dental forceps. The tooth is then moved back and forth, widening the socket. Once wide enough, the tooth is lifted right out.
A surgical extraction, on the other hand, is a much more involved procedure. After your local anesthetic, incisions are made in the gums, giving us access to the root of the tooth and the jawbone. We then can completely remove every piece of the tooth. Depending on your case, the tooth may be intact, but needs to be broken, or a small amount of bone may need to be removed as well. After the tooth is removed, the socket is cleaned, and the wounds sutured closed. Once you have healed from your extraction procedure, no matter if it is simple or surgical, we can then discuss replacement options.
If your teeth have suffered damage, seeking dental help is imperative to your oral health. At Life Long Dental, we will exhaust every restorative procedure available. If we cannot save your tooth, we can extract it, and discuss options for replacement. Call us at (360) 633-2377 today for more information.
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