Posts for tag: Extracting a Tooth

By Orchid Dental Group
April 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Understanding Tooth Extractions in Sacramento from Orchid Dental Group

Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons – decay has reached deep into the tooth, infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone, and there is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth.  With help from our dentist in Sacramento, can remove a tooth to prevent infection, damage to adjacent teeth and bone, and to prevent pain in the years to come. Many people are discouraged at the thought of tooth extractions, but it is important to understand that this dental procedure is used to improve oral health, rather than worsen it. 
 

Let’s Take a Look at the Tooth Extraction Process

Prior to the removal of your tooth, your dentist in Sacramento will thoroughly review your medical and dental history.  Once your history is reviewed, your dentist will also take appropriate x-rays of your mouth and teeth.  X-rays are used to reveal the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.  From this information, your dentist can estimate the degree of difficulty of the procedure and decide whether to refer you to an oral surgeon.
 
Before your dentist removes the tooth, the area around your tooth will be anesthetized.  Dentists typically use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth where the extraction will take place to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Tooth Extraction Procedure
 
For a simple extraction, once the area is anesthetized, the tooth is loosened with the help of a tool called an elevator.  Next, the tooth is extracted with dental forceps. Your dentist may also want to smooth and recontour the underlying bone. When our Sacramento dentist is finished, they may choose to close the area with a stitch.
 

How do I know if I need a Tooth Extraction?

By visiting us at Orchid Dental Group, our cosmetic dentist can recommend a tooth extraction. While permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction for a Sacramento resident may be needed. Let’s take a look:
  • A crowded mouth
  • An infection
  • A potential risk for an infection
  • Periodontal disease
For these reasons, our Sacramento cosmetic dentist may recommend that you have your teeth removed. Contact our office today to learn more about tooth extractions in Sacramento and to find out if you will need this procedure to improve your oral health.