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Tooth Extraction

Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliersFor some patients, just hearing the term “tooth extraction" can make them uneasy. Unfortunately, there are some cases in which the tooth in question has been severely damaged and needs to be removed in order to ensure their oral health. Exodontia is the medical term for a tooth extraction. Thankfully, with modern-day sedation techniques, patients can rest easy during the surgical procedure. Patient comfort has become far more important than it used to be decades ago. This change in philosophy spawned the field of sedation dentistry. It does not matter how a tooth was compromised. An extraction can halt the progress of decay. By doing this, the procedure can ensure the rest of the oral cavity will not be damaged by the diseased tooth. Teeth can become damaged by physical trauma, decay, and disease. Regardless of how the damage occurred, tooth extraction could be the answer.

Considered a minor surgical procedure, extractions are performed at dental practices all across the country. It should be noted that extractions are only used as a last resort. It is a long-accepted fact, that regardless of how badly damaged the tooth is, it should be saved, whenever possible. This is due to the fact once a tooth is removed, other, more serious, problems can occur. One such problem occurs when the oppositional force is generated by the natural bite motion. When this oppositional force is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate.

Patients who have acute pain in a single tooth should have it evaluated. They are welcome to come to our Artistic Dental office for more information.

Different Types of Extractions

The two different types of extractions actually use the same technique of gentle pressure to draw the tooth free of the supportive gum and bone tissue. The most frequently used extraction is known as a simple extraction. The process is simple and straightforward. A numbing substance is used on the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to keep the patient comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.

A surgical extraction is the second type and is used when teeth have erupted incorrectly in the oral cavity. If a tooth fails to erupt in a typical fashion, it can harm the remaining teeth in the patient’s mouth. It is possible, for a tooth erupting incorrectly, to shift the other teeth in the oral cavity. It can also damage the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). A surgical extraction can also be employed when removing wisdom teeth.

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Patients in need of a tooth extraction, or want to find out more about them, should come to our Artistic Dental office. Our staff is available by phone at (848) 222-3984.
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