Tooth extraction refers to the procedure of removing your teeth from their sockets. The most obvious reason for extraction is tooth decay. Besides this, there are several other reasons we may suggest a tooth extraction.
Your teeth may become impacted when the growth of one tooth pushes directly against another. Impacted teeth become suspected of infection, leading to swollen, tender, and bleeding gums. The culprit of this condition is your wisdom teeth or the third set of molars that do not have enough room in your mouth to grow properly.
As stated, when the decay in your teeth becomes so severe that not even root canal therapy can save it, we perform a tooth extraction to save your remaining teeth from damage. The removal of teeth is followed by placing dental bridges or implants to avoid further dental problems.
Like tooth decay, gum disease is also caused by the accumulation of plaque and tartar around your gum line. When not addressed on time, gum disease can advance and affect the bone holding your teeth. When the integrity of the bone or gum around your teeth deteriorates severely, we perform tooth extraction and place a dental crown to preserve your surrounding teeth.
Tooth extraction may also be performed in case of trauma caused as a result of an accident or injury. The most common example is knocked-out teeth while engaging in sports. Sometimes, an accident, too, causes your teeth to become severely damaged. Such teeth become vulnerable to infection and may call for tooth extraction.
Impacted teeth often lead to overcrowding. It causes your otherwise aligned smile to become crooked. We, therefore, remove problematic teeth present in the back of your mouth and clear up the space for the rest of the teeth to grow properly.
How is Tooth Extraction Performed?
Simple Tooth Extraction
Simple tooth extraction is carried out on your visible teeth. We will give you a local anesthetic to numb the site of extraction. Using a dental instrument called an elevator, we will loosen your teeth. Afterward, we will use dental forceps to remove the teeth from the socket.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
We carry out surgical tooth extraction in case of impacted teeth. You may receive any form of sedation – local or intravenous anesthesia which makes you feel calm and relaxed throughout the extraction. We will make a small incision into your gum, followed by removing the bone around the teeth before extracting them.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Summit Family Dental Care, call (541) 779-2634 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1420 E. McAndrews Rd, Medford, OR 97504.