One of the last things that many patients want to hear is that they need to have a tooth extracted. Sometimes, however, it’s a simple necessity and there is nothing to do except to remove the tooth in question. It is important to understand that the reality of tooth extraction is probably not as bad as you are imagining. Remember that modern dentistry has come a long way, and having a tooth pulled is a relatively common procedure. Do not hesitate to contact us just because you are worried you might have to have a tooth removed. The sooner you come in, the sooner we can start making the situation better.
Why Do I Need to Remove My Tooth?There are a wide variety of reasons why having a tooth pulled might be necessary. While we’d like to think that our adult teeth are here for a lifetime, the fact of the matter is that sometimes we must have one (or more) extracted.
One of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction is to remove a tooth that is too damaged to be saved or repaired. This might be from decay, or it might be from a traumatic injury. Whatever the reason, a tooth that is simply too far gone to be restored must be removed before it has a chance to create an infection. Another common reason a tooth is pulled is due to something known as a crowded mouth. Sometimes our teeth might be too big for our mouths, which could necessitate that one of them be pulled. In the same vein, if you have a tooth that cannot make it through the gum simply because there is no room for it in your mouth, then you might need to have it pulled instead.
Another common reason that teeth are removed is because they are infected. When the tooth damage or decay reaches the pulp, or center, of your tooth, then your tooth could become infected. Tooth extraction is not the first option in this situation, and antibiotics and/or a root canal might be attempted first. If the infection has become too strong to be overcome by these methods, however, then extracting it might be the ultimate option in order to avoid allowing the infection to spread. Likewise, teeth that have been affected by gum disease might also need to be pulled, depending upon how loose they have become.
What Happens During an Extraction?Oral surgeons and dentists are trained to remove teeth. The area around the tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic, however, if you are having multiple teeth pulled you might receive a general anesthetic instead. The tooth will then be grasped with forceps and moved back and forth in order to loosen it from its ligaments and the jaw bone. If the tooth is too difficult to remove this way, then it might have to be removed in multiple pieces.
If you think you might need a tooth extracted, please contact us at (360) 254-6411 as soon as possible. The quicker we can get your tooth removed, the faster you can begin the recovery process and put this behind you.