Everything You Need To Know About Tooth Extractions

Everything You Need To Know About Tooth Extractions

September 1, 2021

The functions of the teeth in the mouth cannot be overestimated. The teeth help to break food down into smaller pieces by tearing, biting, and chewing it, to aid easy digestion. The teeth help to perform this function every day and it makes mastication and ingestion of food easier for us.  Furthermore, the teeth help us to form and pronounce words and aid speech. By controlling the airflow coming out of the mouth, the teeth help to form our words. In addition, the teeth help to provide support for your face. Our teeth are responsible for the shape of our faces. Without teeth, our faces will look wrinkled and saggy. These and many more functions of the teeth show the need to take adequate care of our teeth. Proper care of the teeth can help to protect our teeth from various dental diseases and defects. However, one or two of our teeth might have to be removed to prevent infections or their further spread, ease pain, and improve the condition of our dental health. The process by which these teeth are removed is called a tooth extraction.

A tooth extraction procedure is a process through which Dr. Alka Tiwary removes a tooth with local, general, intravenous, or a combination of anesthesia. In dentistry, every possible means is tried to save a defective tooth. Therefore, tooth extraction in Tampa, FL, is usually a last resort or measure to save a tooth. A tooth extraction procedure is usually carried out on the recommendation of a dental professional. After the loss of the milk teeth, the permanent teeth replace them and are supposed to last you throughout a lifetime because there is no natural replacement for them in case of tooth loss. However, dental diseases and defects might require you to have a tooth extraction to ease severe pain or protect other teeth from being infected.

Reasons For Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction procedures are often considered a last resort at a dental office in Tampa, FL, and in dentistry generally. Therefore there must be cogent reasons for extraction. Reasons for teeth extraction include:

  • Excessive Tooth Decay. Tooth decay is commonly caused by dental plaques. These form as a result of the interaction of bacteria with saliva, and starchy or sugary food remnants in the mouth. When tooth decay attacks the pulp in the center of the tooth, it makes it vulnerable to bacterial infections. If a root canal treatment procedure fails to treat the infection, tooth extraction would be unavoidable to avert a disaster.
  • Overcrowding Of The Teeth. This occurs when there are more teeth than the available space in the mouth. This prevents the teeth from fitting well in the mouth. To treat this dental condition, spaces need to be made available in the mouth by extraction of some teeth.
  • Gum diseases. Periodontal disease destabilizes and displaces the structure of the teeth that hold them together. A severe periodontal infection can affect the gums, loosen the teeth and make them require extraction.
  • Impacted Teeth. This occurs when the growth of the teeth breaks off at the gum line. This is common with wisdom teeth (the last molars to grow). It can be very painful and require extraction.
  • Accident Or Trauma To The Face. Involvement in an accident that causes trauma to the face can make your teeth come loose or fractured. These teeth would require an extraction procedure.

Other reasons for tooth extraction include failed dental treatment, dental caries, tooth infections, prosthetic indications, etc.

Types Of Tooth Extraction

There are two major types of tooth extraction. They are:

  • Simple Extraction. Simple tooth extraction is the process through which a visible tooth that has erupted above the gum line is removed. It is a simple process that only requires the use of anesthesia and dental forceps.
  • Surgical Extraction. A surgical tooth extraction as the name implies requires surgery. It is complicated than the simple extraction. It is performed for impacted teeth and teeth broken off at the gumline. It involves making an incision into the gums after applying anesthesia and removing the underlying tooth.

Finally, tooth extraction procedures can be performed by any dental professional or general dentist near you. In case of emergencies,  an emergency dentist in Tampa can perform an extraction procedure.

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