Dental Extractions

If possible, our first priority is to save, restore and repair your natural teeth. This is because they are essential to maintaining jawbone and mouth structure, as well as biting, chewing and speaking. However, there are times when extracting a tooth becomes necessary.

Why do I need to have a tooth pulled?

There are many reasons why it may become necessary to pull a tooth. The most common reason is that the tooth in question is just too damaged from decay or trauma to be saved. A few of the other common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Infection – Once tooth decay reaches the pulp of the tooth (the center of the tooth, which contains the blood vessels and nerves), this can allow bacteria to enter the pulp, causing an infection. This can usually be treated with a root canal, but once the infection becomes too severe, you may need to have the tooth pulled to prevent the infection from spreading.

  • Overcrowding – You may occasionally need to have teeth pulled in order to prepare for braces or other forms of orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are too large for your mouth, it may be impossible to align them correctly if there isn’t enough room. Additionally, if a tooth is unable to erupt through the gums because of overcrowding, it may need to be pulled.

  • Periodontal Disease – Often called gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue and bones that support the teeth. Once it becomes advanced, periodontal disease can cause the teeth to become unstable and loosen. Without treatment, you may eventually need to have the teeth pulled.

What to expect during a tooth extraction:

Before beginning your procedure, Dr. Michael Plous will ensure that your tooth and the surrounding area is numb. Once the extraction procedure begins, you will feel some pressure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. The tooth will be loosened, usually by being firmly rocked back and forth and then will be extracted.

Once the procedure is over, you will be provided with aftercare information to make sure you’re properly caring for the wound while it heals.

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