A dental extraction is a process of completely removing one or several teeth. Anesthesia is used to prevent pain and numb the tooth, gums, underlying jawbone, and other surrounding tissues before extraction.
The procedure must be performed by a well-trained dentist in a dental practice.
When Would an Extraction Be Required?
Damage: External trauma to the mouth can lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. The first step in treating dental trauma is to try restoring the teeth using ceramic restorations like veneers, crowns, or composite bonding. However, when the tooth is damaged to such a large extent that it can’t be restored, it will be extracted to prevent unnecessary pain.
Impacted teeth: Teeth that cannot emerge through the gum and get stuck are referred to as impacted teeth. This condition can cause a lot of pain and increase the risk of infections, especially if the tooth is impacted at an angle. The best way to treat this oral concern is by extracting the tooth altogether.
Crowding: Crowding is a type of malocclusion where the teeth are packed tightly together due to a small jawbone arch. This gives the teeth less space to emerge, thereby causing them to overlap. Dental braces or Invisalign aligners can help treat this condition. However, in some cases, the orthodontic treatment will also require tooth extraction.
Cavities: Cavities can erode and demineralize the tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. When left untreated, cavities can reach the central root canal cavity and infect the dental pulp. In severe cases when we cannot restore the teeth using dental fillings or root canal therapy and when the tooth decay is extreme, the tooth may have to be extracted.
How Is the Extraction Carried Out?
The dentist will examine your mouth and determine whether or not you need an extraction and if your oral concern can be treated by restoration or medication.
Once your candidacy for the extraction is confirmed, we will prepare you for the procedure by cleaning the teeth and isolating the one that is going to be extracted.
Local anesthesia is administered to prevent any pain or discomfort. After this, the dentist will grip the tooth using dental forceps and remove it in one swift motion. All you will feel is a bit of pressure.
Suitable aftercare instructions will be given to ensure the wound heals properly and infections are prevented.
To learn more about the tooth extraction procedures we offer, contact our team of dental experts at Enviable Smiles. You can call us at (281) 972-4747, visit us at 9451 Cullen Blvd. STE D, Houston, TX 77051, or book an online appointment.