Dental Extractions: A Last Resort for Oral Health
Many of us equate tooth extractions with old age, maybe as a precursor to needing dentures. But the Royal College of Surgeons asserts that tooth extractions are the number one procedures in dental offices for children ages 5-9.
The shame of tooth extractions is that they’re so preventable. 90% of tooth decay is treatable and avoidable through a rigorous brushing and flossing routine.
What You Can Do to Avoid Extraction
Cutting sugar is a good way to take care of your teeth. Using a strong fluoride toothpaste is also a good idea. Visiting the dentist regularly is the best way to avoid serious problems for your teeth and gums.
But, of course, we can’t always save a patient’s natural teeth.
Teeth need to be removed sometimes due to crowding, trauma, or by accident or severe decay. In cases of extreme periodontal disease, when there is not enough bone to support the tooth, this is also a situation where extraction is necessary.
Tooth Extractions are Either Simple or Surgical
Colgate.com says that surgical extractions are the number one surgical procedure provided in the US. If a tooth is visible above the patient’s gum line, we can easily remove it with forceps — that’s called a simple extraction. If the visible tooth has yet to grow in, we’ll have to remove gum tissue, maybe even parts of the bone to facilitate extraction. That’s called a surgical extraction.
We’ll diagnose your situation via X-ray, if necessary.
What Happens After Extraction?
If we’re extracting, say, a wisdom tooth, then you’ll be good to go afterwards. With a little bit of aftercare and some healing, you’ll be back to your daily routine. But, if you had a molar, front tooth, etc. removed, then it’s important to act fast. A dental implant is generally the best move, that way we’ll be able to prevent crowding and bone breakdown that occurs due to loss of stimulation.
If there’s a problem with one or more of your teeth, contact Center for Beautiful Smiles today. It’s never a time to wait when it comes to your oral health.