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Why Are Extractions Necessary Sometimes? A Dentist In 77056 Explains

July 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — musedental @ 3:45 pm
Dentist holding an extracted tooth

Tooth extractions are often a last resort, but sometimes they’re the best course of action for your oral health or they’re necessary to get you out of pain (or both!) And just like there are different types of dental fillings and crowns, there are also different types of extractions (simple and surgical) that a dentist in 77056 can recommend, depending on the situation. In this blog, you’ll find out when each type of extraction is recommended and how it will ultimately help you have a healthier smile!  

Surgical Extractions

You may only think of “surgery” as a major procedure that’s done at a hospital, but it also refers to any medical or dental procedure that requires an incision. If a tooth hasn’t fully come through the gums, a dentist will make a small incision in order to access it and then place stitches in the area to help it heal. 

Surgical extractions are often recommended in the following situations: 

  • When the root or crown of a tooth has broken into small pieces. 
  • When a wisdom tooth has only partially erupted through the gums. 
  • When a tooth has broken off at the gumline and can’t easily be grasped with forceps. 

Simple Extractions 

Unsurprisingly, simple extractions are considered “easier” because they’re a more straightforward procedure that doesn’t require an incision. This type of extraction is recommended when a tooth can be fully seen above the gumline, easily grasped with forceps, and removed in one piece. Stitches aren’t usually necessary because an incision doesn’t need to be made.  

How Does an Extraction Benefit Your Oral Health?

A dentist in 77056 will almost always recommend saving a tooth whenever possible. However, in some situations, an extraction is the best way to maintain your overall oral health. Here are some examples: 

  • When a tooth is severely damaged by a large cavity or fracture
  • Wisdom teeth that are crowded, impacted, or only partially erupted
  • After an accident or injury
  • To create more room in the mouth before orthodontic treatment
  • Advanced gum disease

Also, keep in mind that a dentist will start any extraction procedure by making sure you’re completely numb and comfortable. And, of course, there are also multiple sedation options available to help you relax during the procedure. 

With modern techniques, tooth extraction procedures are easier than many people expect. And, when necessary, they’ll help you have a healthier smile for many years to come. 

About the Author 

Dr. Fadi Tatari is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist and a graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry. With decades of experience and a calm, reassuring chairside manner, he makes sure his patients stay comfortable during extractions, from beginning to end. If you have any questions about extractions, he can be contacted via his website.

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