Here at Todd L. Jolly, DMD we have a team of specialists to deal with any form of dental problem you have. Tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure performed by our dentists and oral surgeons. This procedure involves removing a tooth because of various reasons. Our experts use either general, intravenous, local anesthesia or a combination. Extracting visible teeth is a straightforward process. However, broken teeth, teeth below the surface, or impacted teeth need a more specialized and involved procedure.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Even though your permanent teeth should last your lifetime, there are several reasons why you might need a tooth extraction. One of the common reasons why you might need the procedure is when you have a severely damaged tooth because of decay, trauma, or damaged beyond repair. Other reasons that might warrant tooth extraction include:
Our dentists will need to extract teeth from your mouth for orthodontia. This procedure helps in properly aligning your teeth, and it might not be possible in case your teeth don’t fit in your mouth. Besides, in case a tooth doesn’t break through your gum because there’s no room for it, our dentists will recommend extracting it.
Your tooth or teeth might need to be extracted in case of damage or tooth decay that extends to the pulp. The pulp is the center of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When bacteria in your mouth enters the pulp it can cause infection, which can cause serious pain. Mostly, our dentists correct this problem through (RCT) root canal therapy. However, if the infection is so extensive that RCT and antibiotics cannot manage it, then our dentists will have to extract the tooth to stop the infection from spreading further.
Risk of Infection
When your immune system is not strong enough, for instance when you have an organ transplant, or you are undergoing chemotherapy, then a risk of infection in a certain tooth might be the reason to extract the tooth.
This infection affects the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth. At times, the infection might cause your teeth to loosen, and when this happens, it might be necessary for our dentists to extract the affected tooth or teeth.
Simple Tooth Extraction
During this procedure, our dentists will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the area surrounding the tooth to be extracted and prevents you from feeling pain during the extraction procedure. You should expect to feel only pressure. Our dentists then use an elevator to loosen the tooth and then use forceps to extract it.
During this procedure, our dentists will administer both intravenous and local anesthesia. The intravenous anesthesia helps in making you relaxed and calm. Also, you might receive general anesthesia, but this depends on whether you have any medical conditions. If our dentists use general anesthesia, you should expect to be unconscious during the whole procedure.
Then, our oral surgeons or dentists will make an incision into your gum for them to remove the tooth. Also, they might need to remove some bone surrounding the tooth or even cut the infected tooth before they extract it.
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Regular checkups and professional cleanings can drastically reduce your risk of developing dental problems that lead to extractions. Call (973) 284-7363 to schedule your appointment now!