What to Know About Tooth Extractions

Your dentist may inform you that you need to have one or more teeth extracted for a number of different reasons. This may cause some individuals to worry. However, the process is routine and an experienced dentist can make this process as painless and easy as possible. To learn more about tooth extractions and what to expect if you need to have this procedure done, continue reading and contact our team of dental associates.

What are the different types of extractions?

It is important that you are informed about the procedure ahead if you require a tooth extraction. The following are the two types of tooth extractions that may be considered, depending on your situation:

  • Simple Extractions: If the dentist can see the tooth visibly in your mouth, they will loosen it with an instrument and remove the tooth with forceps. To numb the area, you will likely receive an injectable local anesthetic.
  • Surgical Extractions: If the tooth is still inside the gum or is broken off at the gum line, the dentist will likely conduct a surgical extraction. During this procedure, the dentist may have to cut in half or have some of the surrounding bone removed to make the extraction. This can be done by your dentist or an oral surgeon. You will typically receive a local anesthetic and an anesthetic through an IV. However, some patients will require general anesthesia. This is common for children.

What are the common reasons for tooth extractions?

You may need to have a tooth extracted for a wide range of reasons. Tooth extractions are common for children who are preparing for braces or if they need more room for incoming adult teeth. The following are the other reasons you may need to have your tooth extracted:

  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • To make room for incoming teeth
  • The baby tooth didn’t fall out so the adult tooth can’t come in
  • Severe tooth decay. This is common among cancer patients

What should I know about wisdom tooth extractions?

The vast majority of people in their teens and early twenties will be required to have their wisdom teeth removed. You will either have all of your wisdom teeth removed at once or have one side done at a time.

This will depend on your particular situation. If you are experiencing pain where wisdom teeth are located, do not hesitate to speak with your dentist. It may be required to schedule the removal of your wisdom tooth before any further issues occur.

Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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