Sometimes, a tooth can be beyond saving through other restorative measures such as fillings or crowns. In these instances, the tooth may require removal to prevent infection from spreading to other areas in the mouth. If left untreated, an abscess can form in the gums around the infected tooth and cause significant discomfort for the patient. In addition, infections can spread to the bone and soft tissues of the mouth to cause further complications. The infection can even spread to other body areas through the blood system in extreme cases. This is why early diagnosis is critical in these situations. Once the infected tooth is removed, it can be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore the appearance and function of the smile. Although tooth extraction may initially seem frightening, it's a standard procedure at Dream Smiles Dental, that can prevent more serious oral health issues in the future.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Simple extractions are performed on teeth visible in the mouth with a single root or relatively straightforward root structure. The dentist or oral surgeon numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. They then use specialized instruments called elevators and forceps to loosen and remove the tooth from its socket. Simple extractions are commonly performed on fully erupted teeth, such as wisdom teeth and teeth that are severely decayed, damaged, or loose.
Surgical extractions are more complex and involve the removal of teeth that are not fully erupted or have more complicated root structures. This may include impacted wisdom teeth, broken teeth, teeth with extensive decay or infection, or teeth with abnormal root shapes or positions. The dentist in Georgetown TX also performs surgical extractions and may require additional techniques to access and extract the tooth, such as an incision in the gum tissue and bone removal.
For the best dental care or to learn more about our dental services, visit Dream Smiles Dental at 1950 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown 78626, or call (512) 863-2303.