Most commonly, an extraction will be recommended when a tooth has become too damaged or decayed to be recovered with dental treatment. If it has become badly infected and the infection cannot be sufficiently treated with antibiotics or a root canal treatment, it will have to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading to the gums or the other teeth. An extraction may also be needed if the mouth is crowded, making it difficult for a permanent tooth to erupt properly. It can also be performed as part of orthodontic treatment.
Tooth extraction may seem like an intimidating procedure, but a local anesthetic is used to minimize any pain. It may also help to remember that it will benefit your oral health overall. If more than one tooth is being extracted at once, your dentist may use general anesthesia to put you to sleep during the procedure. Teeth may be removed by using forceps to grab onto the tooth, loosen it by moving it back and forth, then lift it from the gums. Teeth that are more firmly rooted in the gums, such as impacted teeth, will require surgery. An incision will be made into the gums to allow access to the tooth. Once the tooth has been removed, the gums will be closed.
Smile Huntington is available to help you maintain your oral health. If you require tooth extraction to restore your health, visit us in Huntington, NY, for a safe procedure.