Put simply, a tooth extraction is when a patient has a tooth removed. There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. It may be because the tooth has advanced periodontal disease, it is seriously decayed, or is broken in a non-reparable way. The tooth may be impacted, or you may need a specific orthodontic treatment.
Once the determination has been made that you need a tooth extraction, you can schedule it right in our office to be done. Most dentists would refer patients to a separate oral surgeon to have this completed, but we offer full service. We can also give you a bone graft if you want to eventually get an implant to replace it.
Getting a Tooth Extraction
There are many causes that can require a tooth to be extracted, and having a tooth that is badly decayed or that is painful are often causes. It may also be that the tooth needs to be removed to make room for braces or a dental prosthesis. At North Florida Dentistry, we perform tooth extractions so that you don’t have to be referred elsewhere and visit another office to get it done. Our oral surgery is of the same high quality and state-of-the-art techniques as our many general dentistry services.
When you get a tooth extraction, the area will be numbed so that you will stay comfortable. We strive to keep you comfortable the entire time that you are having a tooth extraction, and being sedated may be an option depending on your situation.
Before getting an extraction, a patient has a dental consultation in which your medical history will be checked. Then, they will be asked about their current medications. There are many medications that patients will have to stop taking before they can get their extraction. Patients may also be given certain medications to take on the surgery day.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Sometimes, teeth are extracted because they have serious dental cavities. Other times, it’s because of gum disease. Dental infections can also be a cause of a needed extraction, as can complications with wisdom teeth. If there has been an injury or trauma to the tooth or the bone around it, this may result in an extraction being needed. When there is overcrowding of the teeth, it may be needed to make more room in the mouth. For children, having a baby tooth that doesn’t fall out when it’s supposed to may require an extraction.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two different types of tooth extractions in general, and the one that you will need will depend on the size of the tooth, its shape, the location, and its positioning. Tooth extractions can be either simple or surgical. When a simple tooth extraction is done, it is a tooth that can be seen over the gums and that can be removed all in one piece. When there is a surgical extraction needed, it may also require for some bone or gum tissues to be removed along with the tooth. It may also be necessary to remove the tooth in multiple pieces.
When you are in need of a tooth extraction, we can help at North Florida Dentistry. Give us a call today to make your consultation appointment or to get your dental exam to have the tooth evaluated.