Why Do I Need an Extraction?

Why Do I Need an Extraction?

When treating your smile, your trusted team at High Street Dentistry always considers every possible option to save a natural tooth. If, however, extraction is our only viable option, we’ll make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You can count on us for outstanding, gentle care.

Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Teens and adults often need to get their wisdom teeth removed. However, other conditions may require having one or more of your teeth extracted. Here are the most common reasons we may recommend a tooth extraction:

  • The tooth structure is damaged beyond repair by deep decay or a fracture.
  • A severe infection of the tooth pulp cannot be resolved by a root canal treatment.
  • There is damage to the bone supporting the tooth resulting from advanced periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Some teeth are blocking permanent ones from coming in correctly.
  • Orthodontic treatment may require a tooth extraction in a crowded mouth to make the needed space for the remaining teeth to shift into alignment.

What Are the Types of Extractions?

There are two extraction procedures. If the tooth is visible above the gum line, you will typically need a simple extraction. That involves loosening the tooth and gently removing it from its socket. However, if a tooth is weak, fractured, or impacted (stuck in the jaw), a more involved procedure known as a surgical extraction may be required. The good news is that with today’s advances in dental technology, anesthesia, and sedation dentistry options, most patients report minimal pain or discomfort. 

How Can You Promote Healing After a Tooth Extraction?

It’s important to consume soft foods and to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid sipping through a straw, rinsing vigorously, or smoking for at least 48 hours after the procedure to prevent the dislodging of the blood clot forming in the socket, which can result in a painful complication known as dry socket.

How Can You Avoid the Need for a Tooth Extraction?

Prevention is the best way to lower your risk of developing a condition that would require extraction. That includes regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly visits to High Street Dentistry for your routine dental exams and cleanings.

Gentle Teeth Extractions Near Me

Contact High Street Dentistry in Jefferson City, MO, if you have a damaged or painful tooth. If, after exhausting every option, extraction is unavoidable, you can count on us for gentle care that exceeds your expectations!