Houston area dentist describes simple dental extraction
When there has been a problem with a natural tooth and patients require a professional to remove it, this is called a simple dental extraction. Houston area dentist at Vivid Dental provides patients with simple extractions when teeth above the gum line require removal.
There are many reasons a patient may require a simple dental extraction:
- Fractured tooth
- Tooth that has suffered large areas of decay
- Removal of tooth to prepare for orthodontic treatment
- Removal of wisdom teeth due to pain or risk of periodontal disease
- When infection has occurred past the point that root canal therapy can save the natural tooth structure
- Preparation for full cosmetic dentures
Extractions are done under local anesthetics and typically do not require anti-anxiety medications or sedation. Patients will be comfortable as the dentist uses forceps to wedge the tooth out of the mouth. Many patients may feel pressure but will not experience pain during this procedure.
Even before teeth are extracted, many patients will speak with their dentist about restorative options. Teeth that have been removed should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid the shifting of existing teeth. Common restorations used after the removal of natural teeth include bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Patients who are having their natural teeth removed for orthodontics should begin treatment as soon as possible to ensure the existing teeth reposition into their proper locations.
Simple dental extractions do not require oral surgery as complex cases do. When dental extractions require the dentist to surgically remove teeth from underneath the gum line (such as impacted wisdom teeth), the process is more complex and may require stitches and follow-up appointments to ensure healing occurs as expected. Post-treatment care instructions are always provided to patients who undergo dental extractions to help them avoid problems such as infection.
At Vivid Dental, we believe in providing comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Contact our practice today if you are interested in any general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry procedures that can help improve your oral health.