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Simple Tooth Extraction

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Your teeth perform some essential tasks every single day. They allow you to bite and chew food. They control air, allowing proper, effective speech. They also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. Taking good care of your mouth is essential for keeping your teeth strong and healthy. Sometimes, however, even with the best oral care, issues arise. Your teeth can become damaged or decayed, issues that not only affect your smile but the health of your mouth as well. In the event of tooth damage, the desired solution is to restore them, allowing them to continue functioning normally. If the damage is too severe though, attempting to save the affected teeth can further compromise your oral health. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can treat severely damaged teeth with extractions, including simple extractions.

Why Do Damaged Teeth Need to be Removed?

When your teeth are damaged, treatment is needed right away. Ignoring damaged teeth not only affects the quality of your smile, but it can also affect your oral health, the functions of your teeth, and your quality of life. Damage can compromise the structural integrity of your teeth, which can further harm your teeth. More significant damage can allow bacteria to enter the affected tooth, which can then lead to a serious, painful infection. Infections worsen the longer they go untreated. Bacteria can even enter the bloodstream, contributing to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Reasons for Extracting Teeth

When your teeth are damaged, we perform a thorough oral exam to assess the extent of the damage and explore all of your treatment options. We visually inspect your teeth and take X-rays. X-rays allow us to see damage below the gum line that we might otherwise miss simply by looking at your mouth. When teeth are damaged, the preferred solution is to save them. However, this is not always possible, and the affected teeth may need to be extracted. Reasons for tooth extractions include:
•  Cracks below the gum line. Whether cracks start in the crown and travel below the gum line or are completely below the gums, these teeth cannot be protected with a crown.
•  Severe tooth decay. Fillings or crowns are often used to treat decayed teeth. However, if the decay is too severe, a filling can compromise the integrity of the tooth, and there may not be enough natural tooth structure to support a crown.
•  Overcrowding. An overcrowded mouth not only affects your smile, but it can affect your oral health as well. Extracting one or more teeth will create enough space for effective orthodontic treatment.

Performing Simple Extractions

One way that teeth can be removed is with a simple extraction. This type of extraction is a fairly straightforward procedure done under a local anesthetic. This ensures that you do not feel any pain while remove the affected tooth. All you will feel is pressure in your mouth. A special tool called an elevator is used to help separate the gums and the periodontal ligament from around the tooth. The tooth is then gripped with forceps to move the tooth back and forth. This helps to further loosen the tooth in its socket. Once the tooth is loose enough, the tooth can then be lifted out. We then place gauze over the socket to help stop bleeding. If necessary, sutures may be placed. Once you have healed, we can then provide you with a replacement tooth.

While the preferred solution is to save damaged teeth, this is not always possible. Sometimes, extractions, followed by tooth replacements, are needed. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation.


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