As a child, having a tooth pulled is exciting. It warrants a visit from the tooth fairy with a little surprise left under your pillow. However, as an adult facing a tooth extraction, it means it is needed due to issues such as an unwelcome infection or bad case of tooth decay. Typically, your dentist will do everything they can to save the tooth. Thanks to advances in technology, some of the most seriously infected teeth can be saved. But, in other cases, an extraction is necessary and unavoidable in order to protect the health of your mouth and body.
At SEDA Dental in Pompano Beach, FL, the dentist thoroughly evaluates the affected area prior to recommending an extraction. Our dentist utilizes the latest dental technology to determine the best option for your oral health. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the team works collaboratively to ensure your comfort level from beginning to end. Most of the time, patients who need a tooth extracted are experiencing some type of pain in the affected area and are seeking treatment to receive some relief.
Types of extractions
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be pulled. That will first be determined by the dentist at SEDA Dental, and then they will decide what type of extraction needs to be conducted. There are two different types of extractions:
Simple Extraction. This occurs when the teeth are visible in the mouth.
Surgical Extraction. This is when the tooth has not fully broken through the gumline and surgery on the gums is needed to access the tooth.
Based on the location of your tooth, the dentist will determine which extraction is best. Below, you will find information regarding the top five reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted.
1. Tooth damage or severe decay
Severe tooth decay that extends to the pulp, the center of the tooth, can allow bacteria from the mouth to enter the tooth. This bacteria can then lead to infection. The first step to fight this type of decay is antibiotic treatment and typically a root canal procedure. However, if the infection is not responsive, the dentist will perform an extraction to prevent further spreading.
2. Periodontal disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that occurs in the tissues and bones around the tooth. This type of infection loosens the surrounding structure of the tooth resulting in the need for an extraction. Bacteria from plaque is the main culprit of periodontal disease. When saliva, food, and fluids combine, plaque forms between teeth and along the gum line. If plaque is not regularly removed, it turns into tartar, which can lead to more serious gum disease. It is important to brush your teeth diligently and follow routine visits to your dentist for cleanings.
3. Impacted tooth
When a tooth is impacted, it means there is some type of blockage impairing the tooth from poking through the gums. The blockage may be a result of the gums not giving way to the tooth or there is simply not enough space in your mouth for your tooth to fit. Typically, impacted teeth most often refer to wisdom teeth which are located in the back corners of your mouth. An extraction is required if you are experiencing pain, infection, or dental problems from these impacted teeth. Extracted wisdom teeth also aid in preventing an overcrowded mouth.
4. Teeth overcrowding
Teeth may need to be extracted to help prepare for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment aims to properly align the teeth. An overcrowded mouth makes orthodontic goals more difficult if your teeth do not have enough room to move around and realign. Also, your dentist may pull a tooth simply because an underlying tooth is unable to break through the gum due to a lack of space in your mouth.
5. Tooth trauma
Accidents happen and unfortunately, sometimes our teeth are affected. While the first option is always to try and preserve the tooth, it may just not be possible. Whether the trauma is due to a collision in a car or maybe a sports accident, patients in Pompano Beach, FL can rest assured that their teeth will be in good hands. In some cases, the damage is not visible to the naked eye. It is always best to see your dentist for a thorough dental examination just to rule out any underlying problems.
Tooth Extraction recovery
Following a tooth extraction, it is important to follow your dentist’s after-care instructions. The initial healing can take up to two weeks. You may be prescribed pain medication during the first few days. Also, your dentist may advise you to eat soft foods, like soup, for a few days to give your affected area time to heal. It is always best to avoid tobacco use as it can impair your body from healing properly. Follow your good oral hygiene protocol including the brushing of your tongue to fight off bacteria.
A dental extraction is sometimes necessary in order to protect your health. While extraction is not always the first option, it may be warranted to save a tooth, protect neighboring ones, or simply give your mouth more space. SEDA Dental of Pompano Beach, FL will evaluate your dental needs to ensure you are satisfied with your results. After undergoing a comprehensive examination, our dentist will provide you with a treatment plan to get you back on the path of feeling pain-free. If you are experiencing tooth pain or think you need to have a tooth extracted, call or schedule your consultation with SEDA Dental today.