One of your teeth may break or become damaged by tooth decay. When this happens, your dentist will try to restore it using fillings, crowns or other methods. But when a tooth is unfixable, your dentist will need to remove it from its socket in the bone. Tooth extractions like this occur for multiple other reasons, including:
- For removal of extra teeth blocking others from growing into place
- When baby teeth don’t fall out and permanent teeth can’t come in
- Before braces to make room for teeth being moved
- For radiation treatments to the head and neck
- When teeth become infected
After organ transplant, if one or more teeth threaten health from infection
Simple Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions for teeth that have broken through your gums all the way are fairly simple. These take place in the dentist’s office. For a simple extraction, a special instrument called an elevator loosens your tooth. Using forceps, the dentist grips the loosened tooth and removes it from its socket.
Simple extractions are quick and cause minimal discomfort. Your dentist performs most of these tooth extractions using a local anesthetic by injection. Sometimes the dentist provides medication to help you relax.
Your tooth extraction shouldn’t cause pain, but you will feel pressure. If you sense pain or pinching, tell your dentist.
Surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions. Your dental professional performs these on teeth that are broken off at the gumline or for those not yet showing in the mouth. An experienced dentist or an oral surgeon conducts surgical extractions.
For a surgical extraction, your dental professional makes a small cut into the gum. It may be necessary to cut the tooth in half or remove some of the bone around the tooth to extract it.
You’ll receive local anesthetic for this type of tooth removal. You may also receive anesthesia intravenously, meaning through your vein. This conscious sedation may include delivery of steroids to reduce swelling and post-surgical pain, or other medications, through the IV. In some cases your dentist may recommend general anesthesia, such as if you have certain medical conditions.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually develop in your late teens or early 20s. Dental professionals recommend extracting these just before or just after they grow into your mouth. Sometimes these extra teeth get stuck in the jaw, not coming in on their own. If this happens, the impacted wisdom teeth can cause irritation, pain and swelling and have to come out.
If all four of your wisdom teeth need to come out, your dentist will usually remove them all at the same time. He or she will also remove them if they’re causing you pain, have a cyst, are infected or decayed.
Your Tupelo Area Dentist for Tooth Extraction
For simple extraction, surgical tooth removal or wisdom teeth removal in Belden, MS or elsewhere in the area surrounding Tupelo, North Mississippi Family Dentistry takes care of your dental needs. Using the latest technology and best procedures, your North Mississippi Family Dentistry professionals ensure you have a beautiful, healthy smile.
We provide dental services your family needs, including:
- General dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers and Invisalign
- Dental bridges
- Implant restoration
- Routine cleanings
- Sedation dentistry, nitrous and oral
Your family deserves strong, healthy and vibrant smiles. The professionals of North Mississippi Dentistry are happy to help make those smiles a reality. Call us today at 662-635-8051 for a consultation.