While you would think that permanent teeth are just that—permanent—that isn’t always the case due to a variety of factors. While you may panic over hearing that you need to have a tooth pulled by your dentist, rest assured that they have weighed the options and determined that a tooth extraction is the best thing for your health. Many times, a tooth is so badly damaged that repairing it is off the table. So why can a tooth extraction need to happen and how can you prepare?
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Other than decay or trauma to a tooth that is so severe that repair is not an option, there are a few other reasons that make pulling a tooth necessary. A crowded mouth can require a permanent tooth to be removed before braces or other orthodontic tools can be used to get your teeth looking great. If there is an infection in your mouth due to tooth decay that cannot be corrected by a filling or root canal, a tooth extraction might be necessary. Some dental infections are very severe and potentially deadly if not properly treated with antibiotics and a tooth extraction.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will perform a tooth extraction if they have determined that it is necessary for you to have optimal oral health. Before the extraction begins, you will get treated with a local anesthetic to numb the area that the tooth is going to be pulled from. This will help you to stay comfortable during the procedure and not feel a thing.
If your dentist is removing a tooth that is impacted, they will first need to remove the gum and bone tissue that are preventing your tooth from reaching the surface. Then, they will grasp the tooth with sterile forceps and loosen it in the jaw. Finally, they will pull out the tooth. Gauze will be packed into the socket and, depending on the location and depth of the tooth, stitches may be used to ensure a smooth healing process.
Nervous About Your Extraction? At Park Dental, There’s No Reason to Be!
Whatever your dental needs are, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have the skills to assess your condition and recommend the proper treatment plan to get you smiling again. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.