Many people are unaware that even a single missing tooth can have a negative effect on their oral health. Not only can a missing tooth affect your confidence, making it a challenge to be comfortable in public, but it can cause serious damage to both your dental and overall health. This is why we always choose extraction as a last resort. Our staff at TOOTHDOCS are trained to make every effort to save a natural tooth. However, the best way to avoid losing permanent teeth is to be consistent with your oral hygiene routine. This means brushing and flossing at least two times a day. It is also incredibly important to go to your regularly scheduled exams and checkups at your dentist’s office.

What If A Tooth Must Be Extracted?

Even if you make every effort to protect the health of your natural teeth, occasions still arise that an extraction is unavoidable. Here are some common reasons that teeth must be extracted:

  • Advanced decay in a tooth
  • Advanced infection or abscesses
  • Advanced gum disease
  • An impacted tooth or teeth
  • A fractured tooth

Every good dentist will seek to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. If they determine that an extraction is a necessity, they will take several steps. First, they will take an x-ray to gather as much information about the injured tooth as possible. This will allow them to provide you with helpful information, and it will also allow them to make a smooth extraction with as little pain as possible. When the situation becomes more complicated, the dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.

The Process

By definition, a tooth extraction will consist of the removal of an excessively damaged or decayed tooth from the tooth socket. There is always the distinct possibility of some discomfort or pain in this procedure. Thankfully, tremendous advancements in dental technology and training has allowed our dentists to perform an extraction with minimal pain and discomfort. To bring about the extraction, the dentist must apply sufficient force to sever ligaments of the tooth that are holding the tooth in its socket.

At times, it may be required of the dentist to widen the socket in order to carry out the extraction. This is the point of the treatment where discomfort is most likely to be felt. The difficulty of the extraction will be additionally impacted by the tooth position, the strength of the ligament holding the tooth in place, and the level of decay within the tooth. For your benefit, we offer a variety of sedation options that you can choose from to help you handle the extraction process.

If you are in need of an extraction, don’t wait to visit your dentist! The longer you put off treatment, the more pain and suffering you are putting yourself in. If you live in the New York, NY area, visit our office today to learn more about the extraction process and how we can help restore your smile!

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