Although we offer a variety of restorative treatments at Value Dental Centers Chino, in some cases, it may be better to remove damaged teeth entirely. For example, you have a severely compromised tooth, extraction can restore your oral function and protect the rest of your teeth. Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common types of extraction. By eliminating these third molars, your dentist can prevent serious problems, such as misalignment and impacted teeth. Our team performs all types of dental extractions at our Chino, CA practice. Along with standard procedures, we can also perform surgical extractions, including the removal of impacted teeth.
When Do We Recommend Tooth Extractions?
We will propose extraction if you have a tooth that is damaged beyond repair. Your dentist may perform this treatment if you have severe decay that has destroyed most of your tooth. In addition, extraction is usually the most effective solution if you have a cracked tooth, and the crack goes all the way to your dental root. In some cases, we will recommend extraction if you have severe gum disease that has caused teeth to loosen. For example, if periodontitis has caused your gum tissue to pull away from your tooth, it may become very loose in the socket. In this case, there is no way to strengthen the existing tooth, so extraction and restorative treatment may be in your best interests.
Most of our extractions involve the removal of wisdom teeth. This set of third molars typically erupts during the late teen or earl adult years. Because you already have a full set of teeth by this point, there is often not enough room for the additional molars. Your dentist will take x-rays of your entire jaw to determine whether your mouth can accommodate your wisdom teeth. Rest assured that our team is very conservative, and we only recommend extraction when it is truly necessary.
What You Should Expect When You Have a Tooth Removed
Before extraction, your dentist will numb your tooth and gums so that you will feel almost nothing during the procedure. Then he or she will remove your tooth in one of several ways. In straightforward cases, your practitioner will simply loosen the tooth in the socket before gently lifting it from your mouth.
If you have an impacted tooth, you will require a surgical extraction. A tooth becomes impacted when it is not able to break through the surrounding gum and/or bone tissue. Thus, a pocket will form over the tooth, which can often trap bacteria. The area can also become quite sensitive and inflamed. During surgical removal, your dentist will remove some of the tissue that is covering the tooth. Thankfully, with our anesthesia and gentle techniques, even these more complex procedures involve negligible discomfort.
The Benefits of Dental Extraction
Although the thought of extraction may be distressing at first, the procedure can actually have tremendous benefits for your oral health. For instance, if you have a decayed tooth, extraction can prevent bacteria from spreading to your other teeth, gums, and jawbone. Extraction can also restore your dental function, particularly after you receive one of our lifelike, custom-made dental restorations.
Similarly, wisdom tooth removal can have important, far-reaching benefits for your oral health. If you do not have enough room for these teeth, they can crowd your other teeth as they come in. Thus, wisdom tooth extraction can avert serious, widespread misalignment. In addition, by removing wisdom teeth early on, we can often prevent painful impaction.