June 28, 2017
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. If your restorative dentist in Midwest City has recently suggested that you have one removed, you might be caught a bit off-guard. Although Dr. Steven Kendrick only recommends extractions as a last resort, there are times when it may be in your best interest. Dr. Kendrick may advise you to have one taken out if it has suffered significant damage or decay and can no longer be treated with a filling or dental crown. In some cases, you may need to have one removed prior to other treatments, like dental implants or braces. No matter the reason behind the need for the extraction, you have nothing to worry about when choosing Midwest Dental Center.
Why Does My Tooth Need Extracted?
According to the American Dental Association, a tooth should be removed when it suffers from trauma, decay, disease, or overcrowding and cannot be treated using another option. This can be the result of an injury to the mouth that caused it to break, significant decay, or periodontal disease. Untreated gum disease will cause a decrease in bone density so the tooth will no longer have adequate support to stay in place. An untreated infection of the root could also result in the need for an extraction.
In some cases, a tooth will need to be removed prior to other dental treatments, like orthodontics. If there is significant overcrowding from limited space in the mouth, removing specific teeth will create more room for realignment. In addition, one may also need to be removed prior to getting dentures or dental implants to help restore oral health and functions.
The most commonly discussed removals are those of the wisdom teeth. This is needed when there are issues with the eruption of the third set of molars, such as an impaction, infection, or overcrowding.
How Is a Tooth Removed?
There are two types of procedures that are used to remove a tooth depending on your individual situation: simple or surgical. Most often, a simple extraction is all that is needed when a tooth can be seen above the gum line. A local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort while it is loosened and then removed with forceps.
When a tooth is not visible above the gum line, such as from a significant break or impaction, a surgical removal is needed. Sedation is often used to minimize discomfort because the gum tissue will need to be opened to fully expose the tooth. It will be broken into smaller pieces and removed. Sutures are used to close the extraction site.
Where Can I Have a Tooth Removed?
No one wants to be told that they need to have a tooth removed. However, if you find yourself in this position, Dr. Kendrick at Midwest Dental Center can help. As an experienced restorative dentist, he provides both simple and surgical extractions. Rest assured, you will be in good hands with Dr. Kendrick. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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