At Mega Dental, we perform dental extractions, also known as tooth pullings, which removes a tooth from the mouth. Many different teeth can be removed from a person’s mouth, including wisdom teeth, pre-molars, and any broken or severely damaged tooth. Some patients opt for tooth extractions because they can no longer deal with their oral health. These patients know they need help but do not want to deal with the required procedures. No matter the reason, toothextraction can help improve a patient’s oral health. Tooth removals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures today.
Reasons for Dental Extractions:
- Severe Tooth Decay
When tooth decay is extensive and has affected a significant portion of the tooth, extraction may be necessary if the tooth cannot be restored with other dental treatments such as fillings or crowns.
- Tooth Infection
If a tooth is infected or abscessed and root canal treatment is not feasible or has failed, extraction may be the best course of action to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and tissues.
- Periodontal Disease
Advanced gum disease can lead to the loosening of teeth and bone loss, which may necessitate extraction if the tooth becomes too unstable to be saved.
- Orthodontic Treatment
In some cases, extraction of one or more teeth may be required to create space and align the remaining teeth properly for orthodontic treatment.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often lack sufficient space to erupt or fully develop. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, tooth crowding, or damage to adjacent teeth, requiring extraction.
The Process of Dental Extractions
Local anesthesia is typically administered to numb the extraction area and ensure a painless procedure. In some cases, conscious sedation or general anesthesia may be used, particularly for complex or multiple extractions or for patients with dental anxiety. The dentist or oral surgeon will then use specialized instruments to loosen the tooth from its socket carefully. Sometimes, the tooth must be divided into sections for easier removal. Once the tooth is successfully extracted, any necessary stitches may be placed to close the extraction site.
Our dentist will provide detailed instructions for postoperative care, which may include guidance on managing pain, swelling, bleeding, and proper oral hygiene practices. Following these instructions for optimal healing and preventing complications is essential.
Extraction may be necessary to eliminate pain, prevent further damage, or prepare for a dental restoration if a tooth is severely fractured or broken beyond repair. Visit Mega Dental at 10510 FM 1464 Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77407, or call (832) 930-7723 for more information.