Tooth Extractions Using Modern Anesthesia
The goal of a dentist is to save a tooth whenever possible. But, in some instances, a tooth extraction is the only option that leads to improving the oral health of the patient. Here's some welcome news for you: with modern anesthesia and conscious sedation, having a tooth extracted isn’t the painful, stress-inducing event that is often portrayed in movies and television. At CG Smile in Miami, we do everything we can to help ensure patients are comfortable throughout the duration of a tooth extraction procedure.
If you are experiencing chronic tooth pain and don’t know where to start, contact CG Smile for a consultation. We might be able to recommend a treatment that will help you to save the tooth and ditch the pain.
What Situations Require a Tooth Extraction?
Saving a tooth through root canal treatment and other restorative and endodontic procedures is usually preferred over extraction. Although, in some situations it may be medically necessary to extract the tooth. Your dentist may recommend an extraction resulting from situations such as:
There are actually two types of teeth stains: extrinsic and intrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are those that occur on the surface of the teeth. These usually aren't a problem since regular brushing and flossing eliminate most of these stains. That leads us to intrinsic stains, or stains that occur on the inside of the tooth. If all your forays into at-home teeth whitening are a bust, you most likely have intrinsic teeth stains. Intrinsic stains are harder (not impossible) to treat, but it’s going to take professional assistance.
- Traumatic tooth injury
- Aggressive tooth decay
- Preparation for dental implant or full denture
- Supernumerary teeth (extra teeth)
- Overcrowding (typically with wisdom teeth)
If you have tooth decay or a cracked tooth, the dentist will most likely recommend a restorative procedure such as a dental crown or filling to save the tooth before an extraction is prescribed. And, if the tooth is beyond saving, the dentist will — in all likelihood — recommend a restoration so the neighboring teeth do not drift out of place and your jawbone remains healthy.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
A dentist may recommend extracting wisdom teeth for several reasons. When a wisdom tooth erupts, there may not be enough space in the arch to accommodate the wisdom teeth, leading to issues with overcrowding. Since wisdom teeth are at the back of the arch, they are also more difficult to keep clean. A wisdom tooth can also become partially erupted or impacted, either of which may necessitate surgical removal.
Which Dental Restoration is Right for Me?
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of dental restoration. Dental bridges, while convenient and esthetically pleasing, can place additional strain on the neighboring teeth. Dental implants are widely considered the best option in terms of appearance and maintaining oral health, but they can also be prohibitively expensive. Partial dentures help prevent teeth from drifting out of position, but they can be uncomfortable. The dentists of CG Smile can help recommend the right tooth replacement option following an extraction.