April 3, 2018
Did you know that some lucky people go through life without ever developing their wisdom teeth? Of course, a lack of wisdom teeth doesn’t mean being short on wisdom, although most people would gladly trade a little wisdom to avoid having their teeth extracted!
Regardless of why you need tooth extraction in Plano, we understand that it can be a daunting procedure! So we’re here to explain how it can actually benefit you in the long run. You’ll also learn about some of the most common reasons for needing an extraction and what the procedure will be like. Keep reading to learn more!
Why Does Your Tooth Need To Come Out?
Here are several common reasons you may need an extraction:
- Large Cavity – If most of a tooth’s structure has been damaged by a particularly large cavity, it may not be able to support a filling or a crown.
- Fracture – If a fracture has become too large or extends vertically through the tooth, the tooth may not be salvageable.
- Wisdom Teeth – This is one of the most well-known reasons for an extraction and is almost a “rite of passage” for young adults. Oftentimes there isn’t room in the jaw to accommodate these extra teeth, or they may be impacted or come in at a sideways angle.
- Crowding – If the teeth are particularly crowded, sometimes it can be easier to simply pull one before proceeding with orthodontics.
- Gum Disease – Gum disease damages the gums and underlying bone that support the teeth and keep them in place. In advanced stages, the teeth can become loose and cause discomfort when eating.
What Can You Expect From the Procedure?
Rest assured that the process of an extraction is much quicker and easier than most people expect! For a simple (non-surgical) extraction, here are the basic steps:
- First, your dentist in Plano will make sure you’re completely numb and comfortable. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, but you will feel some pressure as the tooth comes out.
- Next, a tool called an elevator is used to loosen the tooth so it can easily be pulled out.
- As the last step, your dentist will use a pair of forceps to grasp the tooth and remove it from its socket.
- Finally, you’ll get post-operative instructions for how to care for the area and your dentist will recommend the appropriate pain medication.
You may have heard stories about the dreaded “dry socket” that can happen after an extraction, but thankfully, this only happens in about 3-4% of all cases.
Getting an extraction is one of those procedures that sounds worse than it is, but in the end, you’ll be glad you did it!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard and Dr. Bhavita Patel are general, restorative and cosmetic dentists who have performed countless extractions. They know it can be upsetting to hear that a tooth needs to come out, so they always make their patients as comfortable as possible through every step of the process. If you have any questions, they can be reached via their website or at (972) 423-0880.
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