When Are Dental Extractions Necessary?
Teeth do not always need to be extracted. Even when you think your tooth cannot be saved, there are many ways for a dentist to do just that. However, there are instances where your tooth might need to be extracted, and you are not alone. Extractions are one of the most common procedures performed by any dentist anywhere in the United States. If you feel like your tooth may need to be extracted, and you are in Boston, Massachusetts, you should drop in and see Dr. Anjum A. Ansari and her skilled team. We welcome you to come in and see us.
When Can a Tooth Not Be Saved?
The priority of any dentist is to save your teeth whenever possible. However, there are scenarios where this is not possible, and a tooth will need to be extracted. Some of these reasons include:
- Overcrowding of teeth
Some methods which many dentists rely upon to save teeth are fillings, root canals, and crowns. When the tooth is beyond saving, and none of these measures will help, the tooth will need to be removed. When periodontal disease is allowed to advance to a point where it has destroyed tooth-supporting bone structure, an extraction may be necessary. It is not at all uncommon for a dentist to also recommend an extraction when a patient needs braces when their mouth is overcrowded. Finally, the extraction of wisdom teeth is another situation where teeth cannot be saved. This is true when the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to erupt from the gums, and they become impacted.
Simple vs. Surgical Extractions
A simple extraction is one where a tooth above the gumine needs to be extracted. Your dentist will use a specific instrument meant for extraction, which will grab the crown of the tooth and then remove it from the jawbone. This is done quickly, thanks to anesthesia, and should not be painful.
A surgical extraction is one where the tooth or teeth lie underneath the gums and are not accessible for a simple extraction. A specific example of this would be wisdom teeth which have become impacted. A surgical incision will be made in the gums so that the tooth can be accessed and removed. In some cases, the tooth can be extracted whole. In others, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for extraction. The gums are then stitched closed, and the healing begins.
If you are interested in scheduling a dental extraction and live in Boston, Massachusetts, we welcome you to call our practice to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ansari. Call us at (617) 581-0689.