Dental extractions, or tooth pullings, are among the most straightforward and best ways to get relief from a toothache. An extraction, as the name implies, involves removing the tooth. If the tooth has become severely decayed or infected, or your pulp has died, extraction may be the only option. When you call Century Dental and make a dental appointment, please tell the receptionist that you think you may need a tooth pulled. That way, they can schedule enough time for our professionals to assess the damage of your tooth decay and perform a tooth extraction if necessary. Depending on the tooth and situation, the extraction may be simple or more complicated, but either way, our professionals will make the process as pain-free as possible.
The process of tooth extraction includes having x-rays made of the teeth below the surface of the gums. Our professionals will look for any problems under the gums that might cause dental extractions to be more difficult. Some dental extractions require surgical removal of the tooth in question. Below the surface of the gums is where the problems that create this necessity lie.
Why Do Patients Need Dental Extractions?
As previously mentioned, severe tooth decay and other oral diseases can be one of the reasons. A dental extraction is the best immediate solution to preventing the disease or infection from spreading. The same is true for gum diseases that could affect how the gum tissues are attached to the tooth.
When is it Done?
In case of a broken or damaged or decayed tooth, our professionals will first try to mend that tooth with certain options such as a crown, filling, or other similar treatments. Sometimes, these treatments might not be of great help due to the intensity of the tooth’s damage. In such cases, extraction is the last method of treatment. In the case of extraction, other tooth restoration options are available such as dental implants and dental bridges.
You will be asked about your medical health and your dental history as well. Then, an x-ray will be taken by our dental staff in order to plan the best tooth removal method. Some healthcare professionals might prescribe antibiotics that are to be taken pre and post-surgery. This practice usually varies as per the professional you are consulting.
If you are prepared for conscious sedation or deeper anesthesia, wear short-sleeve clothes or sleeveless ones that can easily be rolled up. This allows easy access to the intravenous (IV) line that needs to be placed in your vein. You will also be told that you must not eat or even drink anything for at least six to eight hours before the surgery. You should also make sure to have someone with you who can drive you home after the surgical procedure.
Having a tooth removed is only something our professionals will do if there is no other way to repair the tooth. We will not pull a tooth that can be treated and repaired. You should listen to our professional’s advice about the severity of a tooth and follow their advice on treatment options. You never want to lose more teeth than is absolutely necessary. For more information, and to find out how you can benefit from dental extraction in the case of tooth decay, call Century Dental at (971) 708-1608 today.