Your teeth may be a small part of your body, but they play many essential roles in your mouth. Not only do they help you bite and chew, but they are also responsible for proper speech, a gorgeous smile, and even the health of your jawbone. While incredibly strong, the teeth can be faced with a variety of issues, including damage and decay, that can compromise their structural integrity and the health of your mouth. Because they are so important, the ideal solution when dealing with damaged teeth is to restore them. In some cases, however, the teeth may be beyond repair and need to be extracted. At Rockville Centre Dentistry, we can help.
Effects of Untreated Damage
When faced with tooth damage, it is important that you seek treatment right away. Even seemingly minor damage should be examined. Without treatment, damage can grow worse over time. Damage can compromise the structural integrity of your teeth, leaving them susceptible to further damage, and can compromise the health of your mouth. This kind of damage can allow bacteria into the inner layers of your teeth, which can then lead to a painful infection. If bacteria from a tooth infection passes into your bloodstream, it can lead to serious health issues as well.
Do I Need an Extraction?
When faced with tooth damage, the preferred solution is to treat them by restoring them. There are a variety of different treatments designed to restore damaged teeth, restoring their strength and their health while allowing them to remain in their sockets. However, in some cases, the teeth may be beyond repair. When this happens, an extraction, followed by a tooth replacement, is needed. Common reasons for a tooth extraction include:
There are a couple of other reasons why teeth may need to be extracted. These include:
How Extractions are Performed
Teeth can be extracted in one of two ways. The first way is called a simple extraction. This process is fairly straightforward. After administering a local anesthetic, we use a tool known as an elevator to separate the gums and periodontal ligament from the tooth. The tooth is then moved back and forth in its socket to widen the ligament further. When the tooth is loose enough, it is lifted free.
The other type of extraction is called a surgical extraction. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation and is often done when you have a more complex situation. We begin with a small incision in your gums to expose the tooth root and the surrounding bone. The tooth is then removed. Depending on your situation, we may need to remove a small amount of bone. The tooth may also need to be sectioned and removed in pieces to ensure that it is completely and safely removed. Once the tooth has been removed, your surgical incision is sutured closed.
While treating damaged or decayed teeth are preferred, it is not always possible, and tooth extraction is required. For more information, and to find out if you need a tooth extraction, call Rockville Centre Dentistry today at (516) 678-0100 to schedule your appointment.