If you have a tooth that has been damaged from decay so badly that it cannot be fixed with just a filling, you may need to have it extracted. There are a few other reasons for the need of an extraction, which include overcrowding and infection. Some people are simply born with too many teeth. In this instance, more room may need to be created in the mouth by extracting teeth. This will help prevent any problems that may come with overcrowding. Infection or abcess are other reasons an extraction may be necessary. If you work with a dentist like Dr. Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, you will get an exam and x-rays to determine whether or not an extraction is the best option for you.
The Difference Between Surgical Extractions And Simple Extractions
There are two types of dental extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction involves first loosening the gums around the tooth. Once the gums have been loosened, it is easy for the dentist to use forceps to grab and remove the tooth. With a surgical extraction, the dentist will have to use a scalpel to cut away gum tissue. Once that has been done, your tooth will need to be cut with a hand piece into smaller sections, and will be removed a piece a a time. It is normal to feel only pressure when getting either type of procedure done.
Proper care is necessary to ensure you heal correctly with no complications. Only a small amount of patients get a condition known as dry socket if they don't care for the extraction site properly. Dry socket is very painful, and occurs when the blood clot in the socket is lost. This exposes nerves and the jawbone and causes a lot of pain. Wisdom tooth extractions are more common to get dry socket, but following the post-extraction instructions given to you at your appointment should help prevent it.
The staff here at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL strives to assist each patient with the best dental care for every dental need. We pride ourselves in offering the best dental service around. Call us today to schedule your appointment and make us your new dental home! 251.550.7770.