An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth, which may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection or to alleviate crowding in the mouth. Before an extraction procedure, our dentist at Spectacular Smiles will complete a thorough exam to check for any underlying health problems that may make the process unsafe for you. Most adults must have their wisdom teeth removed, as there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate these teeth. They are also more likely to grow crooked or become impacted over time. Many children have their permanent teeth removed to make room for the eruption of adult teeth.
The Benefits of Extraction
Your Dentist in Frisco, TX will usually suggest removing a tooth if it’s significantly damaged, causing pain, or preventing other teeth from working correctly. Some patients also choose to have a tooth extracted if they experience chronic migraines or severe crowding, making brushing and flossing difficult. While it’s always best to keep your natural teeth whenever possible, tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to protect your oral health and prevent future issues.
Why Might I Need an Extraction?
You may need extraction for many reasons, such as if the tooth is severely damaged or the patient has difficulty getting numb for a filling or a crown. It’s always best to have a dentist perform the extraction due to the risk of complications and to ensure the tooth is removed as cleanly as possible. Sometimes a tooth may need to be extracted for orthodontic treatment as well.
Your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to determine the best way to remove the tooth. If the area is impacted, meaning another tooth is blocking access, they will refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon to extract the tooth. After numbing the area with local anesthesia using a shot to numb the mouth and topical anesthesia on the gums, the oral surgeon will remove your tooth using forceps or a drill. Some teeth need to be sectioned to be removed. Once the tooth has been removed, you will rest until your gums are healed enough to fit the replacement restoration, such as a dental implant or bridge or attach a denture. Because the healing process can take about three months, your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your healing and ensure there are no issues.
You may need extraction for many reasons, such as if the tooth is severely damaged or the patient has difficulty getting numb for a filling or a crown. To learn more, visit, Spectacular Smiles at 11500 State Hwy 121 Suite 820, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (214) 407-8012.