The teeth are the strongest substance in your body. While incredibly strong, however, they are not indestructible. Damage sustained from dental trauma, decay, and gum disease can all affect the health of your teeth and their integrity. When your teeth are affected by oral health issues, the ideal solution is to save them, allowing them to stay in their sockets. However, if the damage is too severe, the teeth may not be able to be saved. In these kinds of situations, Jillian Prather Family Dentistry can help with tooth extractions.
The Effects of Untreated Tooth Damage
When your teeth are damaged, getting treatment right away is essential. Without treatment, you could be faced with potentially serious issues. Even minor issues, which might only seem to affect the appearance of your teeth, could worsen over time. More significant damage and decay can provide access for bacteria to get into the inner layers of the teeth. Once bacteria get inside the teeth, they begin to multiply and attack the pulp, which can lead to a painful tooth infection. The longer infections go without treatment, the worse they become. Bacteria can even begin spilling out through the root of the tooth and into the jawbone. From there, the bacteria can enter into the bloodstream, which can then lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
When you are faced with tooth damage, the preferred solution is to save the affected teeth. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as a filling or a crown. Saving damaged teeth allows them to remain in their sockets. However, if the damage is too severe, however, they may not be able to be saved. No matter what restoration is placed, these teeth are at risk for infections and other complications. The only treatment in these situations is tooth extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted, simple extractions and surgical extractions. A simple tooth extraction is a fairly straightforward procedure that is done under a local anesthetic. A specialized tool called an elevator is used to separate the gums and periodontal ligament from the tooth. Next, forceps are used to move the tooth back and forth to widen the socket. Once the socket is wide enough, the tooth is lifted free.
A surgical extraction is often used in more complex situations. These types of extractions are done under a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be used to help you relax and feel more comfortable. Incisions are made in the gums, exposing the root of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone. Next, the tooth is removed. In some situations, this may involve removing a small amount of bone or sectioning the tooth to remove it in pieces. Once the tooth has been removed the gums are sutured closed.
If your teeth have suffered physical damage, decay, or are otherwise compromised, treatment is needed right away. If your teeth damaged teeth cannot be saved, we can extract them and replace them, restoring your oral health and your quality of life. Call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry today at (918) 401-9933 to learn more.