At Red Rock Dental, our focus is on preventative care. We always look for ways to prevent an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. A damaged tooth can be repaired with the help of different procedures. However, in some instances, the extent of damage is beyond any restoration, and therefore the tooth has to be extracted.
We understand that you are probably not excited about needing to have a tooth extracted, but we hope that we can make the experience better than expected and help you get your oral care and dental health back in good form.
What Is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from its socket. This dental process becomes necessary when:
- Primary teeth are causing a hindrance to a permanent tooth's eruption. When this occurs, it can be pretty painful because one of your teeth is coming in the way of another tooth pushing through your gums. This could cause overcrowding and lead to issues with your teeth's alignment. As a result, the primary tooth will have to be removed to resolve the pain and future issues.
- A tooth has suffered extensive, irreversible decay. Though it may fall out on its own, chances are the decayed tooth can cause damage to your overall health. If your tooth is deteriorating, you will feel pain in the nerve endings, and the decay may spread if an infection is causing it. Hence to be on the safe side, it is best to have the bad tooth removed before things worsen.
- Severe gum disease has affected the tooth's integrity. The condition will start to affect your tooth's health until it can no longer be saved.
- The tooth has become impacted, which is especially common for wisdom teeth. As a consequence, there is not enough space in the jaw for the tooth to erupt. In the end, the tooth's extraction will be needed to relieve pain and to keep your natural teeth alignment intact.
What Is the Process for Tooth Extraction?
First, we will numb the mouth so that you do not feel any discomfort. If your tooth has fully grown and broken through the gums, we will use dental tools to pull it out of the socket gently. Afterward, the area will be meticulously cleaned, and use gauze to stop the bleeding while you recover.
If your tooth is impacted, oral surgery may be necessary for removing it. We will create an incision in the gums to gain access to the affected tooth. If there is bone or tissue on the tooth's surface, it will need to be cut away first. If the tooth is deeply embedded, we might need to break it into smaller pieces and remove it. Once the tooth has been pulled out from the socket, the area will be cleaned and sutured.
To find out if you need a tooth extraction, call (702) 243-8788 and schedule an appointment with Red Rock Dental.