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When Tooth Removal Becomes the Right Move

Tooth Removal Near MeThough it’s not a procedure that’s necessary on a regular basis, tooth extraction serves a purpose in a few distinct scenarios, all of which require a healthy level of consideration from our Southgate, MI, dentists. Our primary intention is to save your teeth so when extraction seems like the best option, we take the decision seriously.

Here’s what you can expect if you’re in line for tooth removal and times when it surpasses all other restorative treatments.

General Overview of the Procedure

Before removing any teeth, our dentists will start by reviewing both your medical and dental history. It’s common for a few X-rays to also happen at this time. X-ray images of any tooth in question will help our dentists understand its length, shape, and position.

With all appropriate information reviewed, our dentists will numb the area surrounding your tooth using local anesthetic. Thanks to the numbing, you should not feel pain during the extraction. If you experience discomfort at any point or would prefer laughing gas be used as well, please let our dentists know.

After the tooth and gum tissue are properly numbed, we’ll loosen the tooth with an “elevator”, a tool commonly used in extractions. The tooth will then be fully removed using dental forceps. The entire procedure is straightforward and rather quick from start to finish.

Two Types of Extraction: Simple vs. Surgical 

Our dentists primarily handle simple tooth extractions but we can also refer you for surgical extractions when needed. The difference between the two lies in their general procedure with one being a bit more intensive than the other.

Simple tooth extractions involve our dentists removing teeth that are clearly visible. By this, we mean above the gumline. Surgical tooth extractions, on the other hand, are more complex and deal with teeth that are either broken at the gumline or those that have not yet erupted.

Most patients require a surgical extraction for wisdom teeth removal. Otherwise, it’s more likely that severe issues with your current teeth can be dealt with using the simple extraction process.

Teeth May Have to Be Pulled If There Is:

1) Severe Tooth Decay

Our dentists will always recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once daily, and receive dental cleanings every 6 months. Incorporating these actions will greatly improve the short and long term health of your smile. It’s when oral care is ignored, that decay sets in.

Cavities are easier to work with and may only require tooth-colored fillings or a dental crown to save the tooth. However, when decay reaches your tooth’s pulp (inner portion containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue), it can cause infection.

If caught earlier, our dentists can perform a root canal procedure but if left untreated, extraction may be the only way to limit the infection’s spread. Unchecked decay related to gum disease may also lead to tooth removal being the primary solution.

2) A Recent Tooth Injury or Other Signs of Damage

Experiencing a blow to the mouth during a sports game or other accidental incident is never fun. If teeth weren’t immediately knocked out, they may have been cracked or otherwise severely damaged. This can cause issues down the line if not rectified.

When there is enough tooth damage, our dentists have no choice but to resort to extraction for the sake of your entire smile.

3) Intense Overcrowding

Sometimes there just isn’t enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth. Extracting teeth for this reason is commonly done when making room for orthodontic treatment. That’s because your teeth can’t be properly moved into position if there is no room left.

If you’re planning on working with a local orthodontist to pursue clear aligners or metal braces, our dentists can discuss whether extraction is needed or not.

Have Your Smile Examined

If our dentists serving Southgate and Greater Detroit, MI, could ensure you always keep your permanent teeth, we would. Sometimes, however, life has other plans. For this reason, we may have to bring up the topic of tooth extraction at some point but only if it’s best for your smile. Call Northline Dental today at (734) 284-8088 to request an appointment.