What are Extractions?
A dental extraction is a procedure involving the removal of a tooth from the socket. Extractions can either be done using a local anesthesia and a tool known as an elevator to quickly remove the tooth or surgically where a small incision is being made in the gum in order for the oral surgeon to gain access to the bone around the tooth. During a surgical extraction, either general anesthesia or a combination of local and intravenous anesthesia can be used.
Reasons for Getting an Extraction
There are several reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. Including:
Damaged or broken tooth: When a tooth has been damaged or broken from an injury or accident it may be necessary to extract the tooth.
Crowded Mouth: Sometimes if teeth are crowded too close together, a dentist may decide to extract a tooth to help realign the other teeth and keep the mouth healthy. Wisdom teeth are common culprits of overcrowding.
Infection: Sometimes when tooth decay advances it can infect the center pulp of the tooth. This type of infection is usually treated with a root canal, but in advanced cases, an extraction may be necessary.