In some situations, the only solution to a problem with a tooth is to have it removed. In nearly all cases, a dentist will work with you and take every step possible to avoid this. However, tooth extraction is often times necessary. The process involves removing the tooth from the socket holding it into place in the jaw bone. It is important to understand what to expect as well as why it may be necessary to have this procedure done.
Why Do You Need Tooth Extraction?
There are many reasons for tooth extraction. Some of the most common include the following:
- The tooth has become broken or otherwise damaged significantly, such as from decay, and cannot be repaired using traditional crowns, fillings, or other methods.
- The tooth is very loose and there is no way to keep it from being lost. Bone replacement surgery may be an option to try and avoid extraction.
- There are extra teeth present in the mouth and those teeth are limited other teeth from growing into place or otherwise damaging the teeth.
- In some cases, a person’s baby teeth will not come out fully or properly, warranting the removal through extraction.
- There are wisdom teeth that are extracted due to the high risk of decay and damage to other teeth.
- Those who have other medical needs for extraction, such as those who have had an organ transplant and are too high risk for an infection or those who have had radiation or some forms of chemotherapy that have damaged the teeth.
- If you need it done, your dentist will tell you why and what to expect. In general, you will be given, either through an injection into the jaw or through an IV a medication to reduce the pain and to help you to remain at ease. In some cases, you will be asleep during the procedure. The dentist will then use a combination of the right tools and strength to extract the tooth. This process is not so much painful as it is uncomfortable. You will feel pressure.
In most cases, the process only takes a few minutes and, once complete, you are able to take oral medications to reduce the risk of infection. If you believe you may need to have a tooth extracted or you are unsure what your options are for repairing your tooth, schedule an appointment with our Staten Island dentist.
Contact the best dentist in Staten Island at 718-535-1196 to get the treatment and care you need as soon as possible.