Tooth Extraction Q & A
What Is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the process of pulling a tooth from its socket in the mouth. Tooth removal is permanent, which means your tooth will be gone for the rest of your life. Typically, this procedure is done directly at the dentist’s office. Depending on the type of extraction, Dr. Donia will apply either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia, to ensure a painless procedure.
Why Does Someone Need a Tooth Pulled?
The most common reason for getting a tooth extracted is tooth damage caused by extensive decay or trauma. Typically, Dr. Donia will try to repair the tooth, but sometimes it is too damaged or decayed to be saved. If it’s not removed, an affected tooth can cause infection, patients undergoing an organ transplant or cancer treatment are especially vulnerable.
Other reasons that for a tooth extraction to become necessary include having extra teeth, wisdom teeth or baby teeth that prevent other healthy teeth from coming in. In other cases, the dentist can extract a tooth to create room for teeth to move when you get braces or other corrective gear. Also, many patients with gum disease develop loose teeth, this may prompt the dentist to remove them in order to minimize the damage from them falling out on their own.
What Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that most people have in the back of their mouth and start to emerge when patients are in their teens to early 20s. Wisdom teeth can cause misalignment of the other teeth and crowd the jawbone and nerve. They might also be impacted and never fully emerge from the gums, which can lead to infections and swelling.
To prevent these problems, Dr. Donia can pull your wisdom teeth before you even develop symptoms. It is advantageous to get your wisdom teeth removed when you are younger. The root is less developed in younger individuals and recovery time is therefore shorter.