Tooth Extractions

Not everyone is thrilled at the idea of having their tooth extracted. However, if your dentist mentions it, it’s probably necessary. We’re sure you’ve read about tutorial blogs and vlogs online that teach viewers how to pull their teeth at home. If you’ve ever stumbled upon a video of this on YouTube, stop whatever it is you’re doing. Pulling your teeth at home to save money on dental care is risky and dangerous. You could worsen the infection, break your tooth into tiny fragments, or worse, damage your jawbone. The best way to extract a decayed or infected tooth is to see a licensed dental health professional. 

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Tooth Extractions

What Is A Tooth Extraction? 

Millions of people in America visit their dentist for tooth extractions. Tooth extraction is a process of removing your tooth safely and efficiently. Your tooth is embedded in your alveolar bone. During a tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will carefully remove the tooth root from the alveolar bone together with its dental crown. 

Why Do People Get Their Teeth Extracted? 

There are plenty of reasons why people need to have their teeth extracted. 

Infected or Impacted Wisdom Teeth

You’ve probably heard of the infamous wisdom teeth that surface at the back of your mouth. Unfortunately, not all wisdom teeth erupt in the manner in which we hope. Most of the time, they cause problems due to lack of space in the back of your mouth. This could cause them to erupt improperly or push your surrounding teeth out of alignment. The easiest fix to this problem is an extraction. 

Decayed Teeth

When your tooth is severely decayed, your dentist may recommend extracting your tooth to prevent the decay from spreading. 

Dental Trauma

Trauma to your face that resulted in the damage of your dental crown may require tooth extraction. 

How Are Tooth Extractions Performed? 

Before your tooth is extracted, your dentist will first anesthetize the area so you won’t feel discomfort. For an impacted tooth, your dentist may have to cut some of your gums and bone tissue that cover the tooth. Then, with a pair of forceps, they will grip the tooth until it loosens from your jaw. Once the tooth has been pulled out, gauze will be placed on the extraction site.

Do You Need A Tooth Extraction? 

If you have an impacted or severely damaged tooth that’s causing you pain, or if it has been damaged due to an accident, your dentist will suggest a tooth extraction. Don’t even think about pulling your own tooth because we can do that for you. At Lifeway Dental, we are committed to providing you with the best care possible to bring back your self-confidence and boost your self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your reservation!