There are many situations that can occur for Greensboro area patients during which an extraction of a natural tooth may be recommended. It is important for patients to understand that removal of a tooth is only done when absolutely necessary. For example, if patients are experiencing a toothache due to the infection of a natural tooth’s dental pulp, they do have another option. A root canal, or “endodontic therapy,” may save the natural tooth. However, sometimes extraction is ultimately required.
The most common type of tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. These are the third molars that develop last in the dental arch. Because of this, there is often not enough room for them to erupt through the gum line. This may cause them to become impacted and painful. Our dental team will then provide surgical extraction to remove them. Wisdom teeth that do erupt may be too far back in the mouth to provide proper cleaning and flossing, resulting in the need for removal as well. This is a simpler extraction.
Teeth may also be extracted if patients are preparing for the placement of a full denture. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. If patients have just a few teeth left in their smiles, they may opt to have the remaining teeth extracted so they can enjoy the benefits of full dentures. These are simple extractions that can be done with proper anesthetics, and sedation if needed.
Tooth extraction is nothing to be afraid of. Our dental team will try to keep the natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes, there is no way to maintain them and extraction may be required. We offer proper sedation methods to ensure comfort throughout the procedure, and inform patients on after-care instructions to avoid the risk of infection or other problems following treatment.
If you live in or around the Greensboro area and believe extraction may be required for one or more of your teeth, now is a great time to contact Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, DDS, FAGD and Dr. Sona J. Isharani, DDS.
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