Dental extractions, also known as tooth extractions, refer to removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. A dental procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon removes a tooth that is damaged, decayed, impacted, infected, or causing other dental issues. At Oakland Smile Dental, dental extractions can be either simple or surgical, depending on the case's complexity and the tooth's condition. Simple extractions involve the removal of a visible tooth that can be easily accessed. In contrast, surgical extractions are more complex and may require incisions and bone removal to extract a tooth that is impacted or not fully erupted. Dental extractions are typically performed under local anesthesia; sometimes, sedation options may be used to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.
Reason for Extractions
Severe Tooth Decay
Extraction may be necessary to prevent further infection or complications when a tooth is extensively decayed or damaged and cannot be restored with dental fillings, crowns, or other restorative treatments.
Advanced Gum Disease
Periodontal disease can cause the supporting structures of the teeth to deteriorate, leading to loose teeth. In some cases, extraction may be required to prevent the spread of infection and maintain oral health.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, known as third molars, often emerge in the late teens or early twenties. However, due to limited space in the jaw, they may not fully erupt or grow in a proper alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infections, and damage to adjacent teeth, necessitating extraction.
Extracting one or more teeth may be necessary for severe dental crowding to create space for proper alignment through orthodontic treatment.
The Process of Dental Extractions
Before the extraction, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding the tooth to be extracted. This ensures the patient does not experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the area is adequately numbed, the dentist or oral surgeon will use specialized dental instruments to loosen and remove the tooth from its socket gently. Sometimes, a small incision may be made in the gum tissue to access the tooth more effectively. After the tooth is extracted, the dentist in Oakland, CA, may clean the extraction site and remove any remaining debris or infection, if necessary. In certain cases, the socket may require additional procedures such as bone grafting or sutures to promote healing and preserve the surrounding bone structure.
Dental extraction can alleviate pain, prevent infection, resolve dental issues, and pave the way for further dental treatments or restorations. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Oakland Smile Dental at 8105 Edgewater Dr. Suite 124, Oakland, CA 94621, or call (510) 924-7310.