Tooth extractions are dental procedures used to remove problematic teeth from the mouth in cases where these teeth pose a threat to an individual’s overall health. In cases where a full mouth reconstruction is being performed with dentures or dental implants, tooth extractions may also need to be performed to remove any existing teeth to allow for the placement of a full mouth prosthetic. There are two different types of tooth extractions that can be performed:
Simple extractions are when dental forceps are used to rock the affected tooth back and forth, while an elevator tool is used to lift the tooth out of the socket. During a simple extraction, the tooth is removed in a single piece.
Surgical extractions are when the affected tooth cannot safely be removed in one piece due to severe damage or decay. In these cases, the affected tooth is broken into pieces and removed one piece at a time.
Did You Know?
One common cause of tooth extractions is periodontal disease. This is because periodontal disease causes the tooth’s surrounding supportive structures to deteriorate over time, making the tooth loose.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a tooth extraction?
You may need a tooth extraction if you have one or more teeth that are severely damaged or decayed to such an extent that other less-invasive restorative procedures cannot adequately restore the tooth. Potential reasons for needing a tooth extraction include:
- Tooth decay
- Fractured tooth
- Severe periodontal disease
- To make room for a dental prosthesis
To determine if your smile can benefit from a tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with us today.
What can I expect when undergoing a tooth extraction through Digital Denture + Implants?
When undergoing a tooth extraction, you can expect to receive dental sedation and anesthetics before the procedure. This will ensure that you are calm during the procedure and do not feel anything. In some cases, you may even be put under deep sedation and may even sleep during your procedure. Once you have been sedated and numbed, your dentist will use either the simple or surgical extraction technique to remove the affected tooth or teeth. In some cases, you may feel pressure during the extraction process, but never pain.
What can I expect after having a tooth extraction?
After having a tooth extraction, the extraction sites will be packed with cotton or gauze to minimize any residual bleeding. This, combined with the fact that your mouth will still be numb, will make your face feel larger than it actually is. Once you have come out of sedation, you will be discharged with postoperative instructions to follow during your recovery. These generally consist of things like how to keep the extraction sites clean, what to do if you experience excess pain or bleeding, what to eat after an extraction, and when to schedule your postoperative follow up appointment.