Tooth extractions are sometimes unavoidable when there is excessive decay, infection, or crowding. It can also be a part of an orthodontic plan when a patient’s mouth is too small to accommodate all their teeth. Other health situations can also call for tooth extraction. These include chemotherapy or organ transplants.
No matter the reason, tooth extraction can be a daunting prospect for many. At Luker Dental, we can help you understand the reason for removal and the procedure. Losing a permanent tooth can be an emotional decision. We want to help you make the best decision for your health and well-being.
Extractions are for when we cannot save the tooth
It is always ideal to keep a tooth when possible. Your mouth and gums perform best when healthy teeth support the jaw and bone structures. These parts of your mouth developed together. Each part knows how to nourish and support the others in form and function.
Modern dentistry has developed many procedures to treat teeth before extraction is unavoidable. Root canal therapy and antibiotics can help remove infections. This can allow us to preserve the healthy parts of a tooth. Dr. Luker can drill and seal cavities with fillings. Additionally, he can fill or bond cracks and breaks. Finally, the team can file down decayed parts of the enamel and cap with crowns. This will restore strength to the tooth, surrounding gums, and bite.
When such options are not workable, tooth extraction becomes the next best option. This will help to protect the rest of your mouth and gums.
How is a tooth extracted
Before the procedure, Dr. Luker will use local anesthesia to reduce pain. Yet, you may still feel pressure. You should not feel minimal pain during the procedure. It is important that you communicate to your dentist if you feel any pain. You may need more treatment. Dr. Luker can use general anesthetics if needed.
The process of extraction will depend on the state of the tooth. You may have impacted teeth, this is because your gums cover the teeth. In this situation, your dentist will cut away the gum and bone tissue covering the tooth. Dr. Luker will use forceps to loosen the tooth from the jawbone and ligaments holding it in place. In some cases, a tooth is too difficult to pull with forceps alone. In this case, the dental team may break it into pieces to aid the process.
Dr. Luker will have you bite down on gauze to put pressure on the bleeding socket. This allows a clot to form and protects the socket and bone. Your dentist will provide you with a prescription for pain medication. He will also give you instructions on how to help the tooth socket heal. This includes cleaning techniques, rules for eating and drinking and suggestions to rest. These instructions also include how to clean and care for your teeth.
What are my options after extraction?
Most extractions need to heal before a long-term solution such as a dental implant. Other solutions include restorative bridges or dentures. For most of these procedures, you will need to heal first. In some cases, it may be possible to place a dental implant right after extraction. We can consult with you beforehand on available options.
A dental extraction may be the right solution for you. For more information about dental extractions, call our office today!