While tooth extractions can be unnerving for some patients, there are some instances where there is no choice, and the tooth has to be removed to ensure oral cavity health. The good news is with modern-day sedation dentistry techniques patients will remain comfortable and relaxed during the surgical procedure. The medical term for tooth extractions is exodontia. Regardless of how the tooth became damaged whether by disease, decay, or physical trauma, extractions can remove the affected tooth without causing damage and halting the progress of the decay.
Extractions are performed hundreds of times every day across the country. This does not mean they are the first solution chosen. In fact, every effort is made to save the tooth no matter how badly decayed or damaged it is because once a tooth is removed there are a myriad of problems that can arise that will need to be addressed. One problem is when a tooth is lost so is the oppositional force generated each time the patient bites down. This lack of pressure will eventually cause the jawbone to deteriorate.
Any patient experiencing pain in a specific tooth should come into our Bonnie & Simone office to have it assessed. We can evaluate your situation and make the appropriate recommendations as to treatment.
Types of Extraction
There are two types of extractions and while they both rely upon the same technique of working the tooth free of the supportive gum and bone structure with gentle pressure, each extraction type is chosen for different reasons.
A simple extraction is the most commonly performed type of extraction. It is a straightforward process that uses a numbing agent on the tooth and surrounding gum areas to make sure the patient does not feel any type of pain or discomfort.
The second type of extraction is called a surgical extraction and is relied upon to address those teeth which have not correctly erupted into the oral cavity. When teeth fail to erupt correctly, they can put a great deal of stress on the remaining teeth in the patient's mouth. This can cause them to shift and move out of alignment which will likely put undue pressure on the TMJ joint. In some situations, the tooth in question will need to be broken apart into smaller sections to help in the extraction process. This most frequently occurs while removing the wisdom teeth which can become impacted in the jawbone.
Extractions and Recovery
The extraction process has become streamlined and has become far more efficient than it used to be. With modern-day medications and techniques, the procedure has become commonplace and performed with regularity. Our office can typically extract a tooth in a single 30 minute appointment.
Come see us today at the office for an evaluation. We are located at Norfolk, VA. We will be more than happy to go over the details with you at that time. You can also reach us by phone at .