Dental Extraction and Tooth Removal
What Is A Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction, or a tooth extraction, is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
There are two different kinds of tooth removal: a simple extraction, which is the removal of a fully visible tooth, and a surgical extraction, which is the removal of a tooth that is beneath the gums, such as an undeveloped wisdom tooth.
Who Needs A Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction is often required in a situation where a tooth is too damaged to be repaired through dental cosmetics, or is too decayed to be saved through root canal treatment and dental fillings. A tooth also may need to be removed if it becomes too loose in its socket to be saved.
Additionally, a dentist may recommend tooth removal for the following reasons:
- A baby tooth may need to be removed if it is blocking the growth of a permanent tooth coming up from beneath.
- A patient may have an extra tooth that is blocking the growth of surrounding teeth.
- If a patient is receiving braces, some teeth may need to be removed to create space for the teeth that will be realigned.
- Patients that are going through radiation or drug therapy for cancer treatment may develop tooth decay or infection as a side effect of their treatment.
- A patient may have wisdom teeth that are causing pain or are at significant risk for infection. A dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal in such cases.
How Do I Know If I Need To Have A Dental or Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
If you are wondering whether you may need to have dental surgery, consult your dentist. Our staff services the communities of Harrisburg, Bressler and New Cumberland, PA. If you wish to make an appointment with our team of specialists, call us at 717-279-5242. We have 24/7 emergency dental services.
Wisdom tooth removal is common for a variety of reasons. For instance, wisdom teeth are often extracted if they are causing gum inflammation, pain, or are causing issues with the alignment of surrounding teeth. However, not everyone needs a dental extraction for their wisdom teeth, and circumstances vary from one person to another. Consult your specialist for any questions.
How Is A Dental Extraction Performed?
Your dentist will perform an X-ray before any dental extraction, to determine the best way to remove the tooth.
In the case of a simple extraction, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic, and remove the tooth using an instrument called an ‘elevator,’ along with a pair of forceps. Simple extractions are generally painless, and the patient is awake during the procedure.
With surgical extractions, your dentist will apply not only a local anesthetic but often general anesthesia as well, just as a patient would receive during a hospital surgery. The dentist will make an incision in the gum line, from which the tooth will be surgically removed.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery Process?
Having a dental extraction is surgery, the pace of recovery will differ from one individual to another.
However, as a rule of thumb, surgical extractions are more invasive than simple extractions, and the expected recovery time tends to take longer. Consult with your dentist about the appropriate procedures for after tooth removal. Your dentist will prescribe a regimen for you to follow concerning medications, diet, and oral hygiene after your surgery.
If you are wondering whether you may need to have a dental extraction, or if you’re seeking dental cosmetics, consult your dentist. American Dental Care’s team of trusted specialists serves the communities of Harrisburg, Bressler and New Cumberland, PA. Call us to make an appointment, or if need a 24-hour dentist, at 717-279-5242.