Dental emergencies can be painful and traumatic. With the many variables that contribute to an emergency, there are a wide range of treatment options that your dentist may use. In certain cases, tooth extraction is the only option your dentist has to get you out of pain and prevent further problems. Additionally, some extractions can be more complicated than others. Keep reading to learn more about tooth extractions and their process.
Why You May Need an Extraction for an Emergency
Sometimes, if your tooth becomes too damaged, broken, or infected, your dentist’s only option is to extract your tooth. While this sounds painful, an extraction will typically relieve you of more discomfort than it will put you in. Tooth extraction is important because it can prevent infection from spreading into your bloodstream and bone, but it can also get you out of serious discomfort when you have a broken tooth. Fractured teeth can become damaged enough where they cannot be saved, which makes extraction the only solution.
Your dentist will take emergency X-Rays of the affected tooth to get a more in-depth look at the problem. X-Rays can detect issues that the naked eye simply can’t, which will allow your dentist to provide a more effective treatment. These X-Rays will tell your dentist whether your extraction is simple or complex.
After, your emergency dentist will make sure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning to extract your tooth. For simple extractions, they will seamlessly pull your tooth out with special dental tools, a process that will be done before you know it. However, some extractions can be more complex, which may require a few extra steps and even surgery.
Why are Some Extractions More Complicated Than Others?
The most common type of complex extraction is for an impacted tooth. This is for a tooth that hasn’t fully emerged from the gumline yet and is impacted inside of the jaw. This type of extraction will require surgery, which typically involves small incisions in your gums to access the tooth.
Another complication is if part of the tooth breaks during extraction. In this instance, your dentist will have to remove your tooth piece by piece. While this may sound painful, they will keep you numb and offer sedation options for a greater sense of relaxation.
Now that you know more about extractions, don’t worry if your dentist says that you may have to receive one. This necessary treatment prevents more serious issues from occurring in the future while getting you out of pain immediately.
About the Practice
At Generations Dental Care, we have a team of dedicated and experienced dentists who are highly trained in various extraction techniques. While it is never their first choice for treatment, they will make the extraction process as easy as possible. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (603) 225-6331.