For professional extractions, contact the team at South Austin Dental. We like to focus and work towards making sure your teeth are healthy and well taken care of. However, there are times where the best option is to have an aching tooth (or even a “healthy” one) extracted.
You might have a tooth that is heavily damaged by either diseases or trauma, or you have a wisdom tooth that is bound to cause problems in the future. Maybe you have a teenager that will soon need to undergo orthodontic treatment but doesn’t have enough space for his/her adult teeth. Alternatively, maybe your young child has a baby tooth that refuses to go and make space for the new ones.
In any case, tooth extractions are a very routine procedure, but how simple and straightforward it is will depend on where the tooth is located and how its roots look. That’s no reason to fear a tooth extraction, though, since we can carefully manipulate your tooth and dislodge it without much trouble.
Causes for Tooth Extraction
As we mentioned earlier, tooth extraction is our last resort. That’s why when you visit us for your examination, we can discuss the benefits and downsides of the treatment and decide what works best for you. There are four main reasons or causes that merit a tooth extraction, but each situation needs to be evaluated on an individual basis.
The first reason is trauma or disease, but we can still try to save your tooth before having to resort to extraction. Sometimes a full-coverage crown or a root canal treatment can be enough to save a damaged tooth.
In cases of orthodontic treatment, it’s very common when crowding occurs, and there’s not enough space for the new teeth to accommodate within the jaw. By removing a tooth, the leftover teeth can be properly aligned.
When wisdom teeth are impacted, extractions are a safe way to keep nearby healthy teeth, gum, nerves, and bone from getting damaged. Doing this early is the best approach since it can become much harder once the roots have fully formed.
The last case is baby teeth since sometimes they are either out of position or refuse to fall out in the correct sequence. Extracting the tooth can help eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment later on.
How can a Tooth be Extracted?
A tooth can be removed either by simple extractions or surgical ones. The first ones are easily done by using local anesthesia and can be performed on visible teeth.
Surgical extractions, on the other hand, will need to be used when the tooth cannot be easily accessed and seen. It’s common in wisdom teeth and teeth that broke under the gum line. In this case, we’ll have to perform an incision to access the tooth. However, don’t fret, we use general anesthesia for this so you won’t have to endure any pain.
If you would like more information, contact us at South Austin Dental at (512) 441-8922. We are waiting for your call.