At Berbos Dentistry, tooth extraction is a procedure that involves removing the tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This is a common procedure and is often part of dental cleanings and dental exams. The most common reason to have a tooth extraction is if it is causing pain. Tooth pain can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to function. For example, if you are suffering from tooth pain, you might be unable to eat. Also, there’s the embarrassment of having a toothache. This can make it difficult to smile or even talk to people. An extraction can alleviate this pain and restore your smile.
Types of Dental Extractions
When a tooth is impacted, meaning it is not fully erupted through the gum line, it may need to be surgically extracted. An oral surgeon may perform this procedure in a hospital or an office setting. They may use a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site before cutting into the gum to remove the tooth.
Simple extractions are extractions where only the teeth are removed during a procedure. The roots are also often left untouched because they are still attached to the surrounding jawbone.
This type of extraction is typical when dealing with a tooth that hasn’t erupted through the gum line yet.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
Severe Tooth Decay That Leads to Pain
Decay can reach the roots of the tooth, and may even damage the bone. If the tooth is severely damaged, removal may be the best option.
Impacted teeth are those that do not fully erupt from the gum. This can trap food particles and bacteria, which can lead to decay and infection. You may need your impacted teeth removed to prevent these oral health issues.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can be caused by poor oral hygiene. It can cause the teeth to loosen or fall out. If you have gum disease, you may need one or more teeth removed.
Aftercare Following a Tooth Extraction
After your extraction, you’ll experience some discomfort. Your dentist in Fullerton CA will give you medication to help with any discomfort. You’ll want to keep your head elevated while resting. Use ice packs on your face for the first 24 hours to help reduce swelling. You’ll also want to avoid brushing the extraction site for at least 24 hours.
Get in touch with Berbos Dentistry at 1321 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 306, Fullerton 92835, or call (714) 526-4867 to learn more about the benefits of dental extractions.