Damaged or Painful Tooth? You May Need a Tooth Extraction
What is a Tooth Extraction?
Without getting too technical, there are two types of a tooth extraction or tooth removal: Simple and Surgical.
A simple extraction is just as the name sounds pretty simple and quick. With local anesthetic typically your dentist can loosen the tooth with the forcep before removing the tooth. Over all the healing process of a simple extraction is pretty easy and quick.
A surgical extractions are typically more invasive due to the tooth is broken down too or below the gum tissue or some time they have not erupted yet (broken through the bone or gum tissue). Not all surgical extractions can be performed here in the office. Pending on the difficulty of the extraction it may be best that the patient be placed under general anesthetic; that is decided by the dentist after he/she had performed an exam and looked over your x-rays.
Reasons You May Need to Have an Extraction
Yes, your permanent teeth were meant to last your entire life but throughout your life there are a number of reasons that you may need to have a tooth removed.
The most common reasons are:
- The tooth is badly damaged from decay or trauma and cannot be repaired with a composite restoration or root canal therapy and crown.
- Overcrowding within the mouth. Sometimes your general dentist or orthodontist make recommend that a patient have their teeth removed because there is simply not enough room for certain teeth to come in properly and leaving these teeth could cause other oral health problems in the future because you may not be able to care for the surrounding teeth due to the crowding.
- Infection. If tooth decay or the damage from trauma makes it to the pulp of your tooth it can often be corrected with root canal treatment. Sometimes the infection can be so severe that a root canal or being on an antibiotic may not fix the problem resulting in the need for an extraction of the tooth/teeth. Having the tooth removed at this point would help prevent the spreading of the infection to surrounding teeth.