Of course, no one wants to lose any teeth, but there are occasions on which it would be to our benefit to have one or more teeth extracted. If this should become the case for you, South Simcoe Dental Care is available to provide a safe, comfortable extraction in Bradford.
Reasons for extraction
Sometimes, it can be more harmful to retain a tooth because it threatens the health of the surrounding teeth and gums. In these cases, extraction would preserve the health of the mouth. You might need a tooth extraction in the case of:
- Severe tooth decay
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowded teeth
- The failure of a baby tooth to fall out when it should, hindering the growth of the permanent tooth
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction can be performed if the affected tooth is visible above the gum line and easily accessed. Your dentist at South Simcoe Dental Care will grab it with forceps and shift it back and forth to remove it. If the tooth has not erupted yet, or lies within the gum line in some other way, a surgical extraction will be needed.
A surgical extraction will require a local anesthetic to first be applied. If multiple teeth are being removed at once, your dentist may recommend general anesthesia to sedate you for the duration of the surgery. An incision will be made into the gum tissue to access the tooth, which will be gripped and loosened by being pulled back and forth. If it cannot be loosened easily, it may need to be broken up into smaller pieces that are then removed from the gums. The extraction site will be closed once the tooth has been removed. Sutures will be put in place to aid healing. With either type of extraction, you will need to handle the affected area with care following the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with special instructions on handling the site as well as prescription medicine, if needed, to deal with any pain.
If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort with any of your teeth, schedule an appointment at South Simcoe Dental Care. We will examine your teeth and treat them, if possible. If an extraction is necessary in Bradford, you can have confidence that your comfort is a priority for us.