When is an Extraction Necessary?

By Cornerstone Dental Group
June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Tooth extractionIf you have a damaged or decayed tooth, your dentist will do everything in their power to save the tooth’s natural structure. However, in some cases, this is simply not possible and an extraction becomes necessary to remove the entire tooth altogether. Learn more about this common dental procedure and when it is necessary with Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH.

When is an extraction necessary? 
A tooth extraction is necessary if the tooth has become so damaged or decayed your dentist cannot repair it using a dental restoration like a crown or a procedure like a filling or a root canal. An impacted tooth may also require extraction due to not erupting through the gums adequately or at all. Extractions may be traditional or complex, depending on the situation. Traditional extractions are those teeth which your dentist can remove with forceps and complex extractions require a surgical procedure to open the gum tissue in order to reach the tooth.

What can I expect during and after my extraction? 
Before your procedure, your dentist will numb the area of the tooth to ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your extraction. Then, during a traditional extraction, they will use forceps to grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to expand the socket and dislodge the roots from the ligament which holds them in place. A special tool called a dental elevator helps your dentist further loosen the tooth. During a complex extraction, your dentist will open the gum tissue to reach the tooth. You will feel pressure during your extraction procedure, but should never feel any pain. You may hear some startling noises, but this is normal. After your procedure, your dentist washes out the socket of the tooth and places pressure on the area to compress it and help with controlling bleeding. Stitches can help close the socket in some situations, usually after a complex extraction.

Teeth Replacement Options in Cincinnati, OH 
For more information on extractions or replacing your missing teeth, please contact Dr. Solomon and Dr. Burleson-Ott at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH. Call (513) 631-8920 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!