Teeth extractions are a last resort for every dentist. Sometimes, though, they are unavoidable and, in fact, necessary to preserve oral health. At Capitol Square Dental in Columbus, OH, Dr. Mehrdad Safavian and his dental team take a conservative approach and do everything possible to save a damaged tooth before recommending extraction, while always making the best choice for your individual oral health.
Reasons Patients Need Teeth Extractions
If you have a damaged, decayed, or diseased tooth, your dentist will weigh all restorative dentistry options to get that compromised tooth healthy. Depending on how serious the condition of the tooth, however, common restorations like root canal therapy or a tooth-colored filling may not be enough to save the tooth, and teeth extraction must be discussed.
Tooth extraction is not the end of the world. This procedure is used to eliminate a problem tooth and protect the rest of your teeth from developing problems. Extraction can stop pain and discomfort and give you a fresh slate to restore your oral health.
Some of the most likely circumstances that might lead to teeth extractions include:
- Infected tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe tooth decay
- Broken tooth root
- Tooth abscess
- Bone fracture
- Jaw trauma
How the Teeth Extraction Procedure Works
A tooth extraction is a big deal to anyone who is having it done, but take comfort in knowing the procedure is common and routine. Having a tooth removed does take time, even if the tooth is loose or badly damaged. The entire root system must be removed as well as the crown of the tooth.
- Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area. Sedation dentistry is an option for anxious patients.
- Forceps are used to shift the tooth in its socket so it separates from the bone and ligament. It may be necessary to remove some teeth in pieces rather than as a whole.
- If present, infected tissues are removed along with other tooth and root particles.
- The socket is thoroughly washed and inspected to make sure nothing is left behind.
- If you are receiving a bone graft to help with future restorations, it will be carried out at this time.
- The extraction site is closed and may require a few stitches in the gums to promote healing.
Dental Restorations After Teeth Extractions
The most important thing to do after a tooth extraction is replace the missing tooth so your smile is complete. Every tooth in your mouth has a role to play to make your smile look right, help your face hold its shape, and allow your bite to work properly.
Before and after extraction, your dentist will present the most viable tooth replacement options for your circumstances. Once the area has healed, the restoration can be completed. The repair you select will depend on the condition of your mouth, the location of your missing tooth, and your budget.
The most common dental restorations after teeth extractions include:
- Dental implant: The most secure, long-lasting restoration, a dental implant replaces both the tooth crown and root for a complete repair.
- All-On-4: If multiple teeth need to be removed or an entire arch of teeth, they can be replaced with the permanent All-On-4 dental implant and denture combo.
- Partial denture: This removable appliance snaps securely into place to fill in the space left by an extracted tooth.
- Dental bridge: A dental bridge does indeed bridge the gap between two teeth and is then anchored in place with porcelain crowns.
Talk to Your Columbus Dentist About Teeth Extractions
At Capitol Square Dental, we don’t take teeth extractions lightly. If you have a problem tooth or dental emergency, contact us right away and schedule a visit to our Columbus location so we can determine if you need to have your tooth extracted.