What is a tooth extraction?
Teeth extractions are simple dental procedures where we remove a tooth due to excessive decay, trauma, or wisdom teeth removal. We begin by numbing the site with a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort. Once the numbing agent has had a chance to take effect we can begin the procedure.
Most extractions will be accompanied by a decent amount of pressure. The extraction process involves gripping the tooth firmly and rocking it back and forth within its socket until it can easily be pulled from the jaw. Some patients ask if they will feel pain during the procedure but we can assure you there is no pain as the site has been rigorously prepared with numbing agent. The anesthetic deadens the transference of pain through the root of the tooth and the surrounding tissues in the mouth.
If you do feel pain during any procedure, let us know immediately and we will take extra measures to ensure your comfort.
Sectioning a Tooth
Sometimes we can’t simply pull a tooth out because many teeth have multiple roots and are a bit more difficult to remove. In these (very common) procedures we will cut the tooth into a few different sections to be removed. It tends to take a bit longer to section and remove a tooth but generally the procedure remains the same.
When a tooth is lost it is imperative to your oral health that you have it replaced as quickly as possible. When you lose a tooth a number of negative things can happen to your mouth. People tend to think of teeth as being stationary in the mouth, but that’s not exactly how it works.
Teeth depend on their neighbors to keep them from shifting around in the mouth. Once you lose a tooth the neighboring teeth can shift into the gap left behind and your bite can change, leading to a number of issues. Bone loss is also a possibility when you lose a tooth. We are more than happy to provide a great tooth replacement option to you that will fit your budget and your lifestyle.
How to Prevent Tooth Loss
When playing sports it’s always important to wear a mouth guard. Sports are the number one cause of tooth related trauma. This goes for physical activities like skateboarding and biking as well.
Good oral hygiene routines are the best way to ensure your teeth won’t be lost to decay. Please call us today at (509) 886-8833 to schedule you appointment.