When is a tooth extracted. Can we save a tooth?
Tooth extraction is a routine procedure at Hedgcoxe Dental. If a tooth removal becomes necessary to ease pain and/or restore oral health, call us at (972) 517-5100. We are the go-to dentists for extractions and dentures in Plano.
When is Tooth Extraction Recommended?
A dentist will advice tooth removal in the following cases:
- Orthodontic purposes:If you are undergoing teeth alignment and your teeth are too big for your mouth, tooth extraction may be needed. Your dentist may recommend pulling out a tooth that is unable to erupt through the gum as your jaw is too crowded. It can even be done to accommodate your wisdom teeth.
- Infection:In cases of severe tooth decay where the center of the tooth containing blood vessels and nerves is affected, removal could be the only way out. While root canal therapy is the first solution to addressing this problem, it may not always work. Extraction will then be the only option to keep the infection from spreading.
- Gum disease: When the bones and tissues surrounding one or more teeth are infected and cause the tooth/teeth to loosen, extraction may be the best solution.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends preventive dental work to keep away oral infections that may be associated with pre-term birth. The second trimester is the best time to get preventive procedures done. Any time after that can be quite challenging as the procedure will require you to lie on your back for an extended period of time. Emergency tooth extractions in pregnancy are still fine, but if the dental work is unnecessary, it is advisable to postpone it after delivery.
Tooth Extractions: What to Expect
A tooth extraction can be simple or surgical. The latter involves removal of the surrounding bone of the affected tooth, or requires the tooth to be split for safe removal. Hedgcoxe Dental performs simple and surgical in-office extractions.
Dr. Mathew injects a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. With forceps and a few deft moves, she loosens it from the jaw bone and pulls it out. You will feel minimal pain or discomfort during the procedure. She will also tell you about tooth extraction care; this is aimed at ensuring that your exposed tooth socket heals in the quickest possible time.
Schedule Your Evaluation Today
If you want to determine whether or not you are a candidate for tooth extraction, please call our plano dental office at (972) 517-5100 or fill our online form. We look forward to assisting you.