The extraction of a tooth from the mouth is known as dental extraction. At Kanawha Valley Dental Group, extractions are performed for various reasons, but most commonly, when a tooth is severely decayed or has suffered a traumatic injury and cannot be salvaged. Extractions are also committed to removing wisdom teeth.
Reasons for Extractions
Different reasons exist for removing a tooth. If you’re in a lot of pain, your dentist can extract the tooth to stop the pain. Orthodontics often requires teeth to be removed to make room for the other teeth. Wisdom teeth often don’t grow correctly, which can crowd the other teeth. This is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to infection. In some cases, wisdom teeth can cause damage to the surrounding teeth, leading to more painful problems that require extensive treatment.
Wisdom teeth removal is a minor procedure that can alleviate the pain and pressure caused by wisdom teeth.
Types of Dental Extractions
A simple extraction is a procedure that removes a tooth from the mouth. This type of extraction involves removing a tooth seen in the mouth. An oral surgeon or dentist can also use a simple extraction to remove a tooth that hasn’t erupted yet. This type of extraction is more complicated because the tooth hasn’t broken through the gums.
Surgical extraction, or dental extraction, is a procedure performed to remove a tooth that cannot be removed by simple extraction. Our dentist may recommend surgical extraction when a tooth has extensive decay and cannot be restored. This procedure can be performed in our office, and most patients report little to no discomfort.
Tooth Replacement Options After Extraction
If your dentist recommends an extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options to consider. A dental bridge or implant can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. However, dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement.
A dental implant is a metal post, typically made of titanium, that is surgically placed in your jawbone. Over time, the implant posts fuse to your jawbone in osseointegration. This process allows the posts to support your restoration with unparalleled stability. Dental implants also prevent jawbone atrophy, preserving your facial structure.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or support a denture. Since an implant is implanted into your jawbone, you can also choose to attach a crown, bridge, or denture.
To learn more about the perks of dental extraction, contact Kanawha Valley Dental Group at 608 3rd Ave, St Albans, WV 25177 or call (304) 524-4174.