Tooth extraction is a procedure that removes a tooth from the mouth. The tooth may be damaged beyond repair, or it may be causing problems for your oral health and overall health. At Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, our dentist may recommend extraction if your tooth is decayed or damaged beyond the point of repair.
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible above the gum line and can be pulled out with forceps. Surgical extraction is a more complex procedure involving removing a tooth below the gum line. This type of extraction requires anesthesia and a surgical procedure.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Severe Tooth Decay
Advanced tooth decay that has compromised a significant portion of a tooth's structure may necessitate extraction. Extraction becomes the best course of action to prevent further complications if the tooth cannot be restored through procedures like fillings or crowns.
In cases of advanced gum disease, teeth can become loose due to the destruction of supporting bone and tissues. If the condition is severe and the tooth's stability is compromised, extraction might be recommended to prevent the spread of infection.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often lack the space they need to emerge correctly and thus become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth. In such cases, extraction is a standard solution.
Sometimes, tooth extraction in Dallas is part of an orthodontic treatment plan to create space for proper teeth alignment. Removing certain teeth can facilitate the alignment of the remaining teeth, improving overall bite and aesthetics.
Sometimes, tooth extraction might be recommended as part of orthodontic treatment. If your mouth is overcrowded and there's not enough space for your teeth to align correctly, removing a tooth can create room for proper alignment and help achieve a straighter smile.
The Procedure for Tooth Extraction
Before your procedure, our dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be offered to help you relax during the process. Once the area is numb, the dentist in Dallas will use a special tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth before removing it. In the case of surgical extraction, the dentist may need to make a small incision in the gum and cut the tooth into smaller pieces and then extract one piece at a time. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will close the gums with sutures.
After the procedure, you will need to follow aftercare instructions carefully. This includes avoiding smoking, drinking through a straw, and eating hard foods. You must also take pain medication as prescribed and avoid strenuous activity for a few days.
While no one looks forward to tooth extraction, it's important to remember that this procedure is often performed to safeguard your oral health and overall well-being. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or need an extraction, visit Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610.