The teeth perform some different tasks every day. Along with being responsible for biting and chewing food, they also enable you to speak properly, forming certain words and sounds by controlling airflow. They are a major component in a beautiful smile. They also play an integral role in maintaining the health of your jawbone. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits is essential for keeping them strong and healthy. However, even those who are diligent in their oral care routine can still be faced with issues that can compromise the health and structure of their teeth. Because your teeth are so important, we do everything we can to save them, whether by filling, crown, root canal or other treatment. There are some instances, though, when a damaged tooth cannot be saved. Should you have a tooth that cannot be saved, Bisson Dentistry can perform an extraction.
Why does a tooth need to be extracted?
Damaged teeth need to be addressed as quickly as possible. When your teeth are damaged, they are at risk for developing serious issues, including infections. An untreated infection can then spread into the bloodstream and throughout the body, which can contribute to major overall health conditions.
When you come in with a damaged tooth, we perform a thorough oral exam, which includes having x-rays taken. Your exam allows us to assess the severity of the situation and determine the best course of action. While many damaged teeth can be fixed with restorations such as fillings or crowns, there are some cases in which extraction is the best option for restoring your oral health. Common reasons for extractions include:
|•||Cracks that start in the crown and extend below the gumline, as well as cracks that exist solely below the gumline. In either case, a crown cannot provide the necessary protection from bacteria.
|•||A shattered or split tooth.
|•||Severe tooth decay. When the tooth has a significant amount of decay, fillings can compromise the tooth. There also may not be enough healthy tooth structure left for a crown.
|•||Impacted teeth. These are teeth that cannot erupt properly through the gums. This issue most commonly occurs with the wisdom teeth. There is no need to replace extracted wisdom teeth.
|•||Overcrowding. Extracting select teeth in the event of overcrowding helps to make orthodontic treatment possible.|
Simple Tooth Extractions
If extraction is deemed to be the best course of action during your consultation, we will then determine the best way to go about the procedure. One way to extract problem teeth is with a simple extraction. This type of tooth extraction can be done under a local anesthetic. We grip the affected tooth with a pair of forceps and move it back and forth, widening the socket. Once the socket is wide enough, we can simply lift the tooth free.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure, often done in the case of impacted teeth, when the teeth are blocked, or they are broken below the gumline. For a surgical extraction, along with local anesthetic, we can also provide sedation. We then make incisions in the gum tissue, allowing us access to the roots of the affected teeth and the surrounding jawbone. Next, we start removing the tooth. Depending on your specific situation, a small amount of bone may need to be removed, or we may need to break the tooth and remove it in pieces.Once we are finished, we clean the area, making sure there are no pieces of the tooth remaining, and suture the surgical wounds closed.
Saving your damaged teeth is a top priority, but there are some instances in which it cannot be done. In these cases, it is better to extract the damaged teeth and replace them. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Bisson Dentistry at (226) 706-8851.