Do You Really Need A Tooth Extraction?

by | Apr 22, 2014 | Dental Health, Health

As an adult, losing a tooth isn’t as charming a matter as it is when you’re six years old. You may lose a tooth while eating something hard, or while in an accident. When you need to have it extracted, things can get really tough.

If you are residing in Thornhill and looking for a dentist to extract your teeth, you’ll be happy to know that there are several dentists who are ready to help you. Here’s a rundown on the different types of tooth extractions.

Teeth can be extracted in two ways

-Simple extraction: The dentist performs the extraction as a routine procedure on a visible tooth. For tooth extraction, your dentist will give an anesthetic to numb the area before the tooth is loosened. He or she will continue to loosen it until it falls out of its bone socket. In order for the area to heal quickly, the dentist might suture the socket area.

Surgical extraction: This involves extracting teeth that aren’t easily visible. Perhaps, they have been broken off at the line of the gums. In order to see the tooth clearly, your dentist may have to cut the gums and pull them back. Once this is done, he or she can pull out the entire tooth or at least a part of it. The gums will then be sutured so that they may heal fast. After about 10 days, the sutures are removed.

When to have a tooth extraction?

There are situations when your permanent teeth need to be extracted:

  • A badly damaged tooth is due to either decay or trauma. In this case, your dentist will try to fill it with a crown or any other filling.
  • You may have extra teeth that prevent other teeth from growing properly. However, if they aren’t all too large for your mouth, your dentist will align the teeth. Also, if a tooth cannot break from the gum line, your dentist might choose to extract it.
  • Perhaps you have baby teeth that still haven’t fallen out naturally. That’s when a dentist will intervene.
  • If you have an infected or decayed tooth, bacteria can enter the point called the pulp, and cause infection to the tooth. This is usually remedied by Root Canal Therapy (RCT), but in cases of severe infection where antibiotics can’t help, extraction is the best way of containing the infection.
  • If you have low immunity, or are on chemotherapy and are receiving radiation on the head or neck, you may need those teeth extracted that are in the field of chemotherapy radiation.
  • If you’ve just had an organ transplant, you might need some of your teeth pulled out if they are infected after the transplant. After a transplant, it’s common for people to be easily infected because they are put on medication that can either lower or suppress their immune system.
  • If some of your teeth have become weak and loosened from the gum due to periodontal disease, it’s advisable to have those teeth pulled out.
  • If you break a tooth either by playing contact sports or in an accident, which cannot be repaired, then the next best solution is to remove it entirely.
  • If you have a small jaw or lost your milk teeth earlier than usual, your permanent teeth could grow crookedly. You may, then, have to remove one or two of them so that the others have room to be straightened.
  • If your mouth lacks the required space for your wisdom teeth to grow, they may need to be pulled out as well.

If you believe that you may need a tooth extraction, visit a dentist. They will be able to determine the next step!

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