Getting a tooth extracted can seem daunting, but it does not need to be. Extractions are a common procedure. They can be done for a variety of reasons. Here at Digital Smiles, our skilled dentists can safely perform any necessary extractions with minimal discomfort, no matter the reason.

Why an Extraction May Be Necessary

Decay and damage are two of the primary reasons for extraction. Having a cavity that is causing excessive pain can affect a person’s entire life. Dentists will often attempt to save the tooth through fillings or root canals and crowns, but sometimes it is not enough. That could be because of how badly the tooth has degraded, or it could be too cost-prohibitive. An extraction will remove the tooth along with the pain and decay.

Wisdom tooth removal is another common reason for extraction. Wisdom teeth usually show up in your late teens or early twenties. They can cause pain, infection, and impaction. Impaction is when cannot erupt for some reason. It can lead to pain, overcrowding, and dental decay. They can also cause surrounding teeth to break.

Overcrowding can be a cause for extraction. Overcrowded teeth can cause pain, decay, and breaking of the teeth. Sometimes teeth are extracted because they are too close together to properly put braces on.

How an Extraction is Performed

No matter what type of extraction you may need, you will need to start by going over your medical history and a list of medications with your doctor. They need to be sure there will be no risks or interactions before they can proceed.

For a simple extraction, you will have the option of laughing gas or intravenous anesthesia to help with any anxiety you may be facing and to help with the pain. The dentist will also use local anesthesia to numb the affected area and the surrounding tissue. Finally, the dentist will use a special tool to loosen and remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is similar, but you will usually be placed under general anesthesia. This means you may be kept asleep for the procedure to avoid any unnecessary pain. The dentist may need to create an incision in the gum tissue to remove any bone or other obstacles that are preventing the tooth from being extracted.

Contact Digital Smiles for further information on extractions or any other dental questions you may have.

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