Thursday, June 02, 2022

What is Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction process

A tooth extraction is the extraction of a tooth. A dental extraction (also referred to as tooth extraction, exodontia, exodontics, or informally, tooth pulling) is the removal of teeth from the dental alveolus (socket) in the alveolar bone. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with toothache. (Wikipedia)

While we try to avoid removing teeth whenever possible, certain conditions may necessitate tooth extraction as the most effective way to restore your smile's health and function. After the tooth is pulled, we are happy to give you one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments to get your smile back to its best health, beauty, and function.

Tooth extraction may be required due to a variety of conditions. These are some examples:

Infection. If tooth decay or injury reaches the pulp, the soft tissue at the core of the tooth that contains nerves and blood arteries, germs from the mouth can enter the pulp and cause infection. This is usually treated with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is serious enough that antibiotics or RCT are ineffective, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading. A severe infection has destroyed a large part of the tooth and the bone that holds it in place that has irreparably damaged a tooth makes a successful restoration impossible
Crowding is caused by having too many teeth to fit properly in the mouth. When performing a tooth extraction, good dentists take great care and skill to ensure that your experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. Also, will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions to ensure that your smile heals properly.

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