Dental Extractions | Akron, OH Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Tooth extraction is a dental procedure we at Eberhardt Dentistry perform using local anesthesia to ensure a painless, comfortable experience. Having a tooth pulled is usually a quick and straightforward procedure. If you have broken or impacted teeth, a more extensive surgical extraction may be necessary.
Our qualified dentists and dental team will always aim to preserve your natural teeth. However, an extraction may be the only or best option to ensure your oral health. In this case, we’ll carefully loosen the tooth while mitigating your risk for complications, such as dry sockets or infections.
When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
In the following circumstances, there is often no other option but to remove a tooth or teeth.
When your teeth grow too big to fit into your size mouth, they can become crooked and misaligned. These crooked teeth can be treated with orthodontia. For these treatments to be effective, sometimes the space discrepancy is so much that we have to make room in your mouth to straighten your teeth by extracting one or more teeth. This is normally done in conjunction with your orthodontist.
Impaction is when a tooth gets stuck below the gums and doesn’t fully grow out. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are particularly susceptible to impaction because they are the last teeth to erupt from the gums. An impacted wisdom tooth can be painful and difficult to clean, which increases its risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We often recommend the extraction of an impacted tooth to prevent future complications.
The impact can cause a tooth to loosen (luxation) or break (fracture). Common causes of traumatic tooth damage include sports injuries, car accidents, falls, and fisticuffs. First, we’ll examine the damage to determine if we can repair it with a filling or crown and only consider an extraction as a last option.
Advanced Tooth Decay
Severe damage to the tooth enamel can leave the pulp susceptible to bacterial infection. A root canal can be an effective treatment, but an extraction may be necessary if the infection doesn’t respond to the procedure.
Bacterial build-up on your teeth can cause periodontitis or gum disease. If left untreated, severe infection can affect the gums and bony tooth socket, causing a tooth to loosen. In these cases, it’s often best to extract the loose teeth and consider prosthetic devices.
Tooth Extraction Procedures
During a simple extraction, we dislodge the periodontal ligament fibers that attach the tooth to the bone. Carefully disbanding these fibers frees the tooth for easy removal using dental forceps.
A surgical extraction requires additional extraction site preparation and the removal of gum tissue or bone. Before extracting your tooth, we’ll numb the area so you won’t feel anything.
For 48 hours after the extraction, healing is vital, so you will be given a list of instructions to best mitigate any unwanted or unnecessary pain and discomfort. If necessary, we’ll prescribe safe medication to manage any pain you may have during the first part of healing.
Make an Appointment With Eberhardt Dentistry
If you suspect that you need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Eberhardt Dentistry in Akron, OH. We’ll explore your options and provide you with effective, comfortable dental care. To book an examination, give us a call at (330) 836-5585.