A dental tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth from the socket in your jawbone.
A dental tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth from the socket in your jawbone. The dental industry has made a deliberate effort in recent decades to take all possible measures to help you retain your natural teeth. With the acceleration of dental technology, there are many new ways of keeping your teeth clean and free of bacteria and decay. Even with all of this at our disposal, somehow our teeth can still become infected and should be treated right away. A common tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. These account for over 10 million teeth removed each year.
The conscientious, family-friendly, and thoughtful team at Northside Dental share a common philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We collectively embrace your unique values on your lifestyle, your overall health, your smile, comfort, time, anxiety levels, and your budget. We are detail conscious and deliberate in developing and implementing your personalized treatment plans. We also consider our entire staff as contributing players on your overall health program team. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.
The Most Common Reasons for A Tooth Extraction
- Wisdom Teeth- Wisdom teeth most often erupt in our late teens or early twenties. Sometimes they will grow in straight and do not shift teeth. In most cases now wisdom teeth erupt crooked and then start pushing your other teeth causing a misalignment. Northside Dental extract wisdom teeth quite often, whether they have erupted or if they have remained impacted underneath the gum line. It is often recommended to have your wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible. Even if your wisdom teeth have fully grown in and have caused no issues, they can cause you trouble in the future because they become more susceptible to infection in later years.
- Infection- In the middle of every natural tooth, there is a soft, living tissue that is connected to the nerves of our tooth. This soft tissue is called the pulp of the tooth. When the decay gets into the tooth’s pulp, the pulp then becomes infected. Infected or damaged pulp can cause some serious toothaches and sharp pains in your tooth. This type of an infected tooth can usually be saved by us performing a root canal. A root canal is a procedure in which we drill into the natural tooth and remove the infected pulp from the tooth. Once the pulp is removed the empty chamber is filled with a composite filling and then sealed with either a resin or a dental crown. Every year millions of teeth are saved from extraction with root canal therapy. If a root canal procedure will not fix the infection and the tooth cannot be saved, the tooth must be extracted. The reason for a tooth extraction is to diminish and remove the pain from the infection and to also stop the infection from spreading your jawbone.
- Decay or Trauma- Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and when an accident involves a tooth it can result in extreme pain from the trauma. Usually, Northside Dental can repair a damaged tooth by using a filling to fill in the cracks or fractures that were caused by the trauma. The cracks need to be filled to prevent any infection from both starting, and then to prevent any decay. If a filling will not work, we may use a dental crown. A dental crown is used to cover the entire tooth. It is usually made of a ceramic, porcelain or a metal material that is used to cover the entire tooth from just above the gum line.
- Gum Disease- One of the leading causes of natural tooth loss, aside from infection, decay, or trauma, is periodontal disease, or gum disease. This is when there is an excessive amount of plaque or tartar built up around the gum line. When there is this build up around the teeth’s gum line, the gums start to pull away from your teeth creating pockets of empty space that also will become infected. This is when you notice your gums have become swollen and bleed often. If the gum disease is left untreated, the connectivity tissue that holds onto your teeth will start to lose its grip on your teeth. Your teeth will start to loosen up on their own and we may need to extract them to avoid the discomfort and pain you may be feeling as well as to stymie advancing infection.
How Do We Perform a Tooth Extraction?
- Simple Procedure- We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding areas. Next, we will loosen your tooth and then easily extract it using a dental tool called an elevator. This procedure is done when the tooth that must be extracted has grown well above the gum line for easy access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a clean extraction. You bite on some gauze for a short period to stop the bleeding and the tooth extraction is completed.
- Surgical Procedure- A surgical extraction is a little more complicated procedure since it requires us to surgically cut into the gum line to remove the tooth. This is usually necessary during an impacted wisdom tooth extraction or if your tooth has broken off below the gum line. We will use a local anesthetic again to take away any discomfort felt during these types of extractions. We can also talk about additional sedation, such as Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas, to address your anxiety and calm your nerves before and during the procedure. We may need to complete the surgery with the addition of a few sutures and then will provide you with some aftercare instructions.
Your Comfort and Your Care
Our preventative approach is the biggest benefit when choosing Northside Dental. We concentrate on making your appointments quick, effective, and efficient. Our shared office goal is quite simple. We want to be the health partner you trust for all yours or your family’s dental needs. We look forward to helping you regain your healthy smile and improving your daily life. We also want to help you maintain the health of your smile and assist you with good preventative care. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.