Why do teeth sometimes have to be removed?
- A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair.
- The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth.
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth.
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in.
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in to prevent future decay and crowding.
What can I expect during the tooth extraction procedure?
- Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort.
- During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain.
- Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.
- Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area.
- The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that.
- Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.
What can be done to replace the tooth that is now missing?
- There are a number of different options to replace a pulled tooth.
- For situations where just one or a couple teeth have to be pulled, implant crowns or dental bridges are a great option.
- If multiple areas need to have teeth removed, implants can be placed on both ends so that a bridge fixed by implants can be constructed.
- A removable partial denture is also an option to replace several teeth.
- If there is so much decay or broken teeth that an entire arch of teeth must be removed, implant and conventional dentures can restore your smile.
- There are many things to consider when replacing multiple areas of teeth, our team can explain the different option to you to help you decide which option is best for you.