Dental extraction is the process of permanently removing a tooth from the socket of the jawbone.  Tooth extraction is performed for a variety of reasons and will take the form of either a simple or surgical tooth extraction.

Tooth Extraction:  Why it’s Necessary

One reason for dental extraction is a tooth that has become too damaged to repair.  This damage can occur as a result of advanced gum disease, tooth decay or traumatic injury such as a tooth fracture.  This tooth damage can also be caused by treatment for other illnesses.  Patients with cancer that receive radiation therapy or cancer fighting drugs often develop infections that weaken the teeth, making tooth extraction necessary.  When the tooth is so damaged that other treatment options are no longer possible, tooth extraction becomes a last resort.

Tooth ExtractionOvercrowding is another reason a tooth must be extracted.  Many patients have too many teeth, which can be poorly placed, hindering proper development and alignment.  Overcrowding can be caused by baby teeth that don’t fall out, the arrival of wisdom teeth, or impacted teeth that fail to fully emerge through the gums.  Sometimes teeth twist or tilt during eruption causing an impacted tooth, which should be addressed to ensure proper oral health.

Dental extractions are often done to correct wisdom teeth, which are also known as third molars.  These teeth can be problematic and are widely known for the issues they cause.  Wisdom teeth are extracted for several reasons, but this usually due to complications caused by a lack of space.  Often times they fail to fully emerge, remaining impacted.  Even in cases where wisdom teeth are properly positioned, their placement in the rear of the mouth makes cleaning and good oral hygiene difficult.

Finally, in preparation for orthodontic treatment, tooth extraction may also be required.  When the patient has a crowded mouth and wishes to have their teeth aligned, tooth extraction can help.  In order for the orthodontist to properly align the patient’s teeth, room must be made so that repositioning is possible.

Methods of Tooth Extraction

There are two broad categories of dental extraction.  The method that is chosen will depend on the specific patient and dental conditions they are experiencing.

Simple Tooth Extraction

This type of tooth extraction is considered rather routine as a dental procedure.  The simple extraction can be performed by almost any general dentist.  It requires the tooth be visible in the mouth, and can be grasped easily by the dental forceps.  Usually this procedure only requires the patient be under a local anesthetic.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Surgical extraction can be necessary when dealing with an impacted tooth, or one that is not easily removed.  This procedure is performed by dental specialists, who have specific expertise in surgical tooth extractions.  Most surgical extractions can be performed at Dr. Ueckert’s office.  In extreme cases, the surgical treatment will take place as part of inpatient procedure at a surgery center or hospital.  Typically intravenous conscious sedation is necessary for these complex surgical tooth extractions.

Dealing with Dental Tooth Extractions

The dental professionals at Dr. Ueckert’s office understand that tooth extraction can be a frightening concept to many patients.  They deal with tooth extraction on a regular basis and are a terrific resource when it comes to answering the questions you might have.  Call them today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your specific circumstances and to see what options you have when it comes to your troublesome situation.

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