Tooth extractions are necessary dental procedures performed when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed, with no viable options for restoration. This intervention becomes essential to prevent further pain, infection, and complications, ensuring the overall health and comfort of the patient.
At Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, our dentists use techniques, including local anesthesia, to make the extraction as comfortable as possible, followed by carefully removing the affected tooth. Tooth extractions are often a last resort when other treatments, such as root canals or crowns, cannot salvage the tooth.
Despite the initial apprehension, extractions play a vital role in maintaining oral health and preventing the spread of infection, ultimately paving the way for potential replacement options like dental implants or bridges to restore both function and aesthetics.
Types of Tooth Extractions
A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is above the gumline. This type of extraction is the most common type performed. The dentist will use forceps to grip the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the socket. Then, the dentist will pull the tooth out.
Surgical extraction is a more complex procedure than a simple extraction. This type of extraction is used when a tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not erupted fully from the gums. The dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and remove it with an elevator. Sometimes, the dentist may need a drill to remove the tooth.
The Procedure for Tooth Extractions
The extraction process begins with our dentist in Anaheim administering local anesthesia to numb the area. Then, the tooth will be loosened and removed with forceps. Sometimes, the dentist may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it. Once the tooth has been removed, the dentist will suture the wound closed and apply a gauze pad to stop the bleeding.
After the procedure, it is essential to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully. This includes avoiding strenuous activity for the first few days and avoiding eating hard foods until the wound has healed. You should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products for at least two weeks.
The Benefits of Tooth Extractions
- The most apparent benefit of removing an infected or damaged tooth in Anaheim is that it relieves the pain and other symptoms associated with the infection or damage. Once the tooth is removed, the discomfort will stop.
- Another benefit of extracting a tooth is that it helps to prevent the spread of the infection. If the tooth is not removed, the bacteria can spread to the surrounding teeth and your jawbone. This can lead to further complications, such as gum disease.
- Finally, removing a tooth can help to restore your oral health. Once the tooth is gone, the remaining teeth will be healthier and less likely to develop problems.
If a tooth is causing you pain or discomfort, visit Dr. Clementine C. Ignacio, DMD, at 2415 West Lincoln Ave Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92081, or call (714) 220-1032. We will examine your mouth and determine if you need an extraction.