Why Do You Need an Extraction?
Damaged teeth need to be treated. When you have a damaged tooth, we do everything we can to save it. However, there are times when saving the tooth may not be possible:
What Happens When You Don’t Extract a Compromised Tooth?
When your tooth is damaged, or otherwise compromised, it is essential to seek treatment right away. Not extracting a severely damaged tooth can have serious consequences for your oral, and overall, health. Damaged teeth can lead to painful, and dangerous infections. Bacteria can enter your bloodstream, which can lead to health issues such as heart disease and stroke. The damage caused by impacted teeth can also lead to infections and cysts. While we do everything possible to save damaged teeth, there are some instances in which extraction is unavoidable. By putting off an extraction, your health and your quality of life can suffer.
Extracting Your Tooth
There are two different types of extractions. The first is known as a simple extraction. This type is typically done under a local anesthetic. The affected tooth is gripped and moved back and forth, widening the periodontal ligament. When the ligament is wide enough, the tooth is simply lifted out.
The other type of extraction is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is done under local anesthetic, but sedation may also be used. Incisions are made in the gums, exposing the root of the tooth and the surrounding jawbone. Next, the tooth is removed. This may involve the removal of some of the surrounding jawbone. If the tooth is shattered, every piece is carefully removed. In some instances, the tooth may need to be broken and removed in segments. Once the tooth is removed, the socket is cleaned, and the wound sutured closed.
When you have a damaged tooth, it is important to treat it as soon as possible. In the instance that the tooth cannot be treated, an extraction may be required. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, contact Jon C. Packman DDS today.