Your teeth perform many essential tasks. They allow you to bite and chew your food.
Chewing properly is critical for digestion and your overall nutrition. Teeth control airflow and allow you to make certain sounds when you speak.
They also keep your jawbone strong and healthy. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we understand the importance of your teeth.
That is why, when your teeth suffer damage, we do everything we can to save them. However, there are some instances when your teeth cannot be saved. If this is the case, we can perform an extraction.
What Happens When Teeth are Damaged?
When your teeth are damaged, it is important to schedule a dental appointment right away, even if the damage does not seem that bad at the time of the injury. While small damage might only cause a cosmetic issue, it can worsen over time. More significant damage can cause serious issues. The strength of the affected teeth may become compromised, putting the tooth at risk of splitting or shattering. The health of the tooth is at risk as well. Damage that extends past the enamel can allow bacteria to enter inside of the tooth. This can lead to a painful infection that not only affects your tooth, but that can put your whole-body health at risk as well.
Why Would A Tooth Require Extraction?
Because your teeth are so important, we make every effort to save your tooth. Before we decide to extract your tooth, a consultation is required, during which time we conduct a thorough inspection of your mouth.
Not only do we look inside your mouth, but we also take digital images. These images allow us to see exactly what is happening below the gum line. Every alternative will be considered before deciding to extract. There are several different situations that would warrant an extraction:
||A crack or fracture that extends below the gum line. Typically, a crack, chip or fracture can be restored with a crown. However, if the damage is below the gum line, a crown cannot protect the tooth. Bacteria can enter from below the gums, leading to a serious infection.
||Severe tooth decay. In this situation, a filling would be more likely to further damage the tooth than protect it.
||Your tooth is completely broken or shattered.
||You have an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is one that cannot properly erupt through the gums. Your wisdom teeth are the most likely to become impacted, followed by the maxillary canines. Any tooth, however, can face this issue.
||Overcrowding. Orthodontic treatment is used to straighten misaligned teeth. However, if your mouth is overcrowded, a tooth or two may need to be extracted first to make room.
There are also a few other situations in which a tooth extraction may be required. In these situations, the teeth are not damaged, but they can still cause issues. These situations include:
Types Of Tooth Extractions
There are two types of tooth extractions that may be performed depending upon your situation. Simple tooth extraction, like the name suggests, is fairly simple and straightforward. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic. We begin with a tool called an elevator, which helps to separate the gums and periodontal ligament from around the tooth. Forceps are then used to loosen the tooth and then pull it free.
The other type of extraction that may be performed is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is used in more complex or complicated situations. Like simple extractions, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the extraction site so that you do not feel any discomfort. Sedation may also be provided to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure. An incision is made at the tooth to expose the root and surrounding bone. The tooth is then carefully and completely removed from the socket. Once removed, the socket is cleaned out, and the surgical wound is sutured closed.
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If your tooth cannot be saved, an extraction is your only option. In the event you need an extraction, though, there are options for replacement. Call Cameo Dental Specialists today at (630) 425-4488 to schedule your consultation.