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There are instances when a general dentist will remove (extract) a problem tooth. At other times, though, the same dentist may refer a patient needing an extraction to an oral surgeon. Why the difference?
The procedure performed by a general dentist is referred to as a “simple tooth extraction.” “Simple” doesn’t mean easy and requiring no skill or expertise — it certainly does. In this case, the term refers to the anatomy of the tooth being extracted, particularly its roots.
Teeth that respond well in a simple extraction have an uncomplicated root system. The path of removal, usually with a single root involved, is fairly straight and without extreme angles. In the hands of a skilled and experienced dentist, it can be removed with little to no discomfort.
Dentists actually must use finesse to remove a tooth from its socket. The tooth is held in place with tiny collagen fibers that extend from a tough, elastic gum tissue known as the periodontal ligament, which lies between the teeth and the bone. With some manipulation, a dentist can loosen these fibers, which then makes removing the tooth much easier. All of this can usually be performed with local anesthesia.
Of course, to determine if a tooth can be removed this way, we must conduct a thorough dental examination first, including x-ray imaging to determine the exact nature and location of the roots. If the exam reveals the root system is more complex, or that there are defects to the bone or the tooth that could make a simple extraction difficult (resulting, for example, in not removing the crown and root in one piece), then the tooth may need to be removed surgically.
Such situations require the skill and resources of an oral surgeon. These specialists perform a number of surgical procedures related to the mouth and face; as procedures go, extraction is among the most routine. Using local anesthesia and post-operative pain management, undergoing a surgical extraction involves only minimal discomfort and a very short recovery time.
After examining your tooth we’ll recommend the best course for extraction, whether simple or surgical. In either case, we’ll see that your problem tooth is extracted as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
If you would like more information on tooth extractions, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?”
Find out if your dental problems could be telling you that it’s time to have your tooth removed.
No one wants to think about it, but there might come a time in which a tooth has become so severely damaged that the only option is to get a tooth extraction. Ignoring the problem or leaving it untreated will only make matters worse. If you experience any of these symptoms then it’s time to see your Lincolnwood dentist Dr. Robert Silvers right away.
This is often the case with wisdom teeth, that third set of molars that comes in around your teen years. When these teeth are impacted it means that they never fully erupt from the gums. This can put you at an increased risk for developing infection or decay. This is one of the reasons why your dentist in Lincolnwood will often recommend having wisdom teeth removed.
To Make Room
If the jaw isn’t large enough there won’t always be enough room for all your teeth. This usually results in overcrowding. Sometimes we will remove a tooth to make room and to improve tooth alignment. This usually occurs prior to orthodontic treatment.
Severely Damaged Tooth
Unfortunately, this happens. Sometimes a tooth is so damaged or weakened by trauma, infection or decay that even root canal therapy and a dental crown aren’t enough. In these instances, the only option is to get a tooth extraction and then discuss your tooth replacement options.
How do you know whether you’ll need to get a tooth extraction? The first step is for your Lincolnwood dentist to perform a dental exam. If we recommend that you have a tooth extraction it’s important to schedule it as soon as possible. Postponing your procedure will only cause more problems for your smile and aggravate your symptoms.
During your visit, we may also X-ray the area in order to decide which treatment will be best for you. We will discuss your detailed medical history and it’s important that you let us know what medications and supplements you are taking so we can avoid any complications.
Don’t put off necessary dental work. Protect your smile by scheduling your next visit with The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center.