What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction refers to the removal of a tooth or teeth from the jaw bone. The most common reason behind a tooth removal is a toothache due to any infection of the roots that is causing pain and can lead to the other parts as well. Sometimes emergency tooth removal is required when pain is getting out of control and damages the other teeth in the mouth
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two different types of tooth Extractions:
-Simple Extraction: A simple tooth extraction is done under local anesthesia. As the name implies, the tooth comes out fairly easy. The tooth is gently elevated out of the jaw bone and a blood clot forms within several minutes.
-Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction is when there is not much visible tooth exposed. This type of extraction is typically preformed under local anesthesia. Sometimes general anesthesia is required. With a Surgical extraction bone and gum is typically removed to expose the tooth for removal.
Major causes of tooth extraction
In order to avoid the emergency tooth removal or general tooth extraction, it is important to know and avoid the reasons of tooth extraction. There are some reasons that can be avoided easily but some of them simply cannot be controlled:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Severe gum disease
- Teeth in fracture line
- Supernumerary teeth that are blocking other teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Teeth that cannot be restored
- In the preparation for orthodontic treatment to get the other teeth in line
Finding a dentist for a tooth extraction
Not all dentist do extractions for various reasons. Mostly due to experience. Both doctors at Roca dental have taken many courses, are ADA members, AGD members, are part of the Virginia Ethics committee, and have performed thousands of surgeries. Give us a call to discuss options. We are located in Arlington, VA.