Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to relieve pain and stop infections from spreading. At SmileOne Dentistry in Upland, California, Min Soo Han, DDS, uses state-of-the-art dental technology, such as CT scans, to prevent nerve damage when extracting teeth. Rest assured that when you visit SmileOne Dentistry, your comfort and safety take priority during tooth extractions. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office, or book an appointment online for more information.
A tooth extraction removes your entire tooth and root from the bone socket. While your permanent teeth are meant to last for the rest of your life, there are many reasons an extraction is sometimes necessary.
The providers at SmileOne Dentistry perform two types of extractions: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction is a quick procedure that typically only requires local anesthesia. This type of extraction works well when the tooth that your dentist needs to remove is clearly visible.
Surgical extractions are more complicated because your provider must make an incision in your gums to locate the tooth.
The most common reason for a surgical extraction is impacted wisdom teeth. Also called your third molars, wisdom teeth typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 25. Because your mouth is nearly fully developed by the time they emerge, you may not have enough room to support all four of your wisdom teeth.
Without room to emerge, your wisdom teeth can become impacted. Some only partially erupt, while others never break through the gums. In many cases, your wisdom teeth can even grow in sideways, irritating your gums and surrounding teeth.
Many people don’t realize they have impacted wisdom teeth until their dentist takes X-rays at their bi-annual dental exam. Without treatment, however, impacted wisdom teeth can cause:
Severely impacted wisdom teeth may even lead to a painful infection and pus on the tooth root called an abscess. An abscessed tooth is dangerous without treatment. If you experience a sudden rush of foul-tasting fluid in your mouth, you may have a ruptured abscess.
If an X-ray reveals that you have an impacted tooth, your SmileOne Dentistry provider may use cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans to perform the procedure without causing nerve damage.
To locate the impacted tooth, your provider makes a small incision in your gums. Special dental instruments are then used to remove the tooth. If the tooth is cracked or broken, it is removed in pieces.
After cleaning and disinfecting the bone socket, your provider sutures your gums and packs the area with gauze to clot the blood.
Tooth extractions help prevent tooth pain and complications from infection. To learn more, call SmileOne Dentistry or book an appointment online today.