Lake Worth, TX
Dental extractions are one of the most common dental procedures and there are many reasons why they would be used. There are routine extractions, like wisdom tooth removal and also dental extractions done as a response to tooth decay or other dental damage. Dental extraction of any type is a very basic procedure and the recovery time is typically only a few days. Our dentist at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth will determine the need for extraction and give you more details on the procedure.
Why Dental Extractions Are Important
The most common reason for dental extraction is the removal of your wisdom teeth. This is a surgery that is performed on millions of people every year. Wisdom teeth are removed because they are causing, or are at risk of causing, development issues, pain, loss of mobility or function in other teeth, and other symptoms.
Dental extraction is also used as a treatment for dental conditions like decay or infection, teeth that are too crowded, baby teeth that are not erupting, and other orthodontic treatment preparation. For any dental condition, the sooner you can get treatment, the better. Tooth infection can spread to other organs through the blood stream, causing a variety of health concerns. Furthermore, maldevelopment that is untreated will only worsen these issues over time.
Dental Extraction Types
There are two basic types of dental extractions; simple and surgical. Simple extractions refer to cases where the tooth is able to be seen and can be extracted easily. Our dentist is able to do this type of extraction. Surgical dental extractions are used in cases where the tooth is not visible. This could be because it is broken or is located under the gum, such as wisdom teeth. Our dentists can sometimes perform surgical extractions, though these are often performed by oral surgeons.
Before your procedure, our dentist will need to take an x-ray. This lets them analyze the severity of your condition and determine which type of extraction is needed. After this x-ray is done, our office will schedule your dental extraction.
Simple extractions begin with our dentist numbing the area with a local anesthetic. They use a tool called an elevator which helps loosen your tooth. After the tooth is loose, our dentist will remove it using forceps. On the other hand, surgical extractions require general anesthesia instead of local, meaning you will be unconscious during the procedure. Our dentist will first make an incision in your gum to expose the tooth. They will loosen and extract the tooth in the same way they would with a simple extraction. However, some cases may require cutting parts of the tooth off and remove it, rather than extracting the entire tooth at one time. Patients can also get dental implants, bridges, or dentures to replace missing teeth.
Your gum is actually very good at repairing itself and it will often form a blood clot shortly after the procedure. This means that you will likely not need stitches. However, our dentist would need to determine this at the time of surgery and explain it to you when you awake from anesthesia.
Our dentist will explain self-care instructions which typically include pain medication, gauze, and ways to prevent the blood clot from breaking off. To schedule an extraction, contact HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at (682) 516-3532 today.