Does your child have a baby tooth that is having a difficult time falling out on its own? Sometimes this happens because the tooth’s roots are too long, making it hard for the tooth to fall out naturally. What about your teeth? Do you have a wisdom tooth that has deteriorated to the point that it is creating jaw problems or putting the surrounding teeth at risk? If you can relate to any of these situations, it may be necessary to consider tooth extraction. Other reasons to consider tooth removal include the following:
• Misshapen baby teeth
• Primary teeth that are preventing a permanent tooth to erupt
• Infections
• Orthodontic concerns
• Pain and crowding associated with wisdom teeth
When Is Tooth Extraction Performed?
Tooth extraction can take place at the time of your regular checkup or at another time that is more convenient for you. We will work together to determine the best time to remove the affected tooth. In some cases, it may be necessary to schedule a few visits, depending on whether or not you will replace the extracted tooth.
Tooth extraction is a common procedure we perform every day. But, just because you know what we’re doing, that doesn’t mean that you may not have fears or concerns about the process. Many patients have anxiety when thinking about tooth removal. We’ve found that understanding the process can alleviate these concerns for most of our patients.
In a nutshell, a typical tooth extraction requires the expansion of the tooth socket so we can detach the tooth safely from the ligament that holds the tooth in place. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Of course, this is just a general explanation of tooth extraction. If you want a more detailed explanation, we’ll be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need to feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
Does Tooth Extraction Hurt?
Your comfort is your dentist’s number one priority. Many patients do not require complete sedation, instead opting to receive a localized numbing agent. However, we have many sedation options, especially for patients that experience anxiety and fear.
Do Extracted Teeth Need to be Replaced?
Not all tooth extractions require restorative services. We will discuss your particular situation with you to determine if tooth replacement is ideal. For instance, wisdom teeth are never replaced. These are disposable teeth that have no function and do not affect the cosmetic appearance of your smile. A front tooth extraction is another story. If you’ve lost one of these teeth due to an injury, infection, or other reason, you will most likely want to replace the tooth for aesthetic reasons. Even back teeth may benefit from replacement. While you may be tempted to leave well enough alone, the truth is that these teeth play a significant role in your ability to chew food and impact your jaw function. To avoid problems like shifting teeth that accompany back tooth extractions, we will most likely recommend replacing the tooth with an implant or a bridge.
Tooth extraction can be scary. But, when you speak directly with one of our caring and compassionate dentists at Progressive Dental Arts in Newark, DE, we’ll put your fears at ease and provide you with smooth, painless tooth extraction.