It may be determined that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, while others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth, such as impacted teeth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, your dentist will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, your dentist will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums with a local anesthetic. During extraction, you will feel a lot of pressure from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, let your dentist know immediately.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require sectioning, which is a very common procedure done when a tooth is firmly anchored in its socket, or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
For more information on tooth extractions in the Rochester area, get in touch with the Harborside Dental team today. We’re located in Webster, NY and can be reached by phone at 585-671-2720 or via email through our website’s contact page.