Extractions can seem scary, but they are fairly standard dental procedures that can give comfort afterwords!
Dentists usually prioritize repairing and saving your natural teeth, but sometimes a tooth extraction becomes necessary when there is damage beyond repair. Many times it's also necessary to preserve or improve your dental health.
Here are some other reasons a tooth extraction might be necessary:
- Trauma or injury
- Not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth
- Infection has reached deep into the tooth
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
- Orthodontic treatment requires tooth extraction to create room for the teeth as they move into place
The Tooth Extraction Process:
There are two types of extractions you might have:
- Simple extraction - The removal of the tooth which is most common for a general dentist to perform. During this procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic that numbs the area around your tooth so you will only feel pressure and not pain. We use an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and dental forceps to remove it.
- Surgical extraction - For cases that are more complicated, a surgical extraction may be needed which is completed by an oral surgeon. This involves cases of severe teeth impactions, infections, and other complications!
Feeling anxious about your tooth extraction? West Road Dental will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your extraction procedure. This includes walking you through each step of it, as well as the use of local anesthetics if needed.