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Extractions

Teeth & Dental

Extractions

Your natural teeth are a valuable asset, and there is no substitute that is equal to real teeth. While it’s possible for a person to keep their natural teeth for their entire life, sometimes situations arise that make dental extractions or removal of teeth necessary.
One of the most common dental extractions performed by dentists is the removal of wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are often problematic, and removing them can prevent more problems from occurring. These teeth are molars. Molars are in the back of the mouth, and they have more complex roots than teeth in the front. The roots make molars more difficult to remove than front teeth, so the procedure is often done under general anesthesia.
“Our teen needed an extraction before getting his full set of braces. I think I was more nervous than he was, but Dr. Kamboh did a superb job of ensuring we both felt comfortable before proceeding with the appointment. My son was in no pain and now that his braces are on, his smile is looking better every day.

Yasmine, Ashburn, VA

Yasmine’s son was experiencing overcrowding of his teeth, prompting a consultation for orthodontics. “One of the teeth needed to be extracted before they could even start the treatment,” Yasmine says. “I trusted Dr. Kamboh to do the job.”

Although Yasmine had some anxiety about the procedure, her son wasn’t worried. “Dr. Kamboh is a good guy, I knew everything would be fine,” he says. “I felt comfortable with him doing the procedure.” After the extraction, Yasmine said her son experienced no pain and was back to normal in no time.

“Dr. Kamboh gave us a step-by-step overview of the procedure and answered all our questions. It felt great to have someone we could trust to remove my son’s tooth,” she says. “We had the best possible experience here!”

Sometimes teeth are extracted to make room in the case of crowded teeth.

Some teeth may need to be removed before orthodontic treatment, to make room for the teeth to move into proper position.
When a tooth is damaged by decay and the infection spreads to the center of the tooth, it may be possible to save the tooth with root canal. When this is not a viable option for the patient, or if root canal fails to clear the infection, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to keep the infection from spreading and to relieve pain.

The extraction of a tooth is a simple procedure if the tooth is in the front of the mouth.

Usually a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and the dentist pulls the tooth by wiggling it back and forth and gradually pulling it out. Because back teeth have multiple roots, their extraction is more complex. A general anesthetic that puts the patient to sleep is often used for extraction of back teeth, or if many teeth are going to be extracted during the appointment.
When a tooth is extracted under certain circumstances, it might not need replacement. For example, if a tooth is extracted to solve crowding before getting braces, the braces will close the gap. But if a tooth is extracted because of decay or an accident that knocks it out and it can’t be reattached, having the tooth replaced with an implant, bridge or partial denture is important. An open space where a tooth should be can cause problems with oral hygiene and cause your other teeth to gradually shift out of position.
If you have any questions about dental extractions, or if you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Kamboh, call Lansdowne Dental Associates now.

Common FAQs on Teeth Extractions

There are many possible reasons that you may get a tooth extraction. Some of them are: overcrowding; impactation, when the tooth is unable to grow out of the gums; periodontal infection; if your tooth has been severely physically damaged. 

When a tooth is visible above the gum line, a dentist can simply remove the tooth with forceps in a simple tooth extraction.  However, when a dentist has to make a surgical incision in the gums, it’s considered a surgical tooth extraction, or oral surgery. 

Getting a tooth extracted can hurt. However, your dentist will typically give you local anesthesia during the procedure to eliminate the pain. Also, following the procedure, dentists usually recommend over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription pain medication to help you manage the pain.