Tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures that is performed in Western countries. There are many reasons why somebody might need to get a tooth removed, whether it’s due to an underlying health condition, tooth decay, or trauma.
In some cases, tooth removal at Pure Dental Arts is recommended by the expert dentists at the practice as a preventative. If a patient has tooth overcrowding, there is an increased risk of future problems. The dentist might remove some teeth to eliminate these risks.
The Tooth Removal Procedure
Your dentist will provide you with all of the information that you need to prepare for tooth removal.
During the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area so that you don’t feel any pain. You may also be offered a sedative to reduce anxiety and help you to feel more relaxed throughout.
Your dentist will loosen the tooth to gently remove it from its socket. You might feel slight pressure during the procedure but you shouldn’t feel any pain. If you do, inform the dentist immediately.
Reasons for Tooth Removal
Here are some of the most common reasons why you might need to get a tooth removed.
When plaque builds up on the teeth, it enables bacteria to grow around the gums. Bacteria can break down the enamel coating on your teeth, causing them to become weak and brittle.
Many people don’t realize that plaque has built up on their teeth and they don’t go to the dentist as often as they should. Over time, the teeth can slowly deteriorate. If a tooth has decayed past the point of return, it will need to be removed to reduce the risk of infection and further health conditions.
Accidents and injuries can cause damage to the teeth that need to be addressed immediately. If a damaged tooth isn’t treated, it can lead to infections and tooth decay. Dentists can remove any teeth that are several damaged or broken to prevent further health complications.
Gum disease results from poor oral care and the resulting build-up of plaque on the gum line. Over time, the teeth can start to decay and the gum line can recede.
Two of the most common forms of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontal disease. The former results in pain and redness across the gums. The latter presents with inflammation and severe pain in the bones of the teeth and the surrounding tissues.
To prevent gum disease from worsening, dentists will remove the affected tooth or teeth and offer replacements, such as veneers or dentures.
Overcrowding can result in pain and crooked teeth. While braces can often be used to fix misaligned teeth, tooth extraction may be required if there is severe overcrowding.
Dentists can remove one or more teeth to make room for the rest of the teeth to spread out correctly. This is a common issue in children and young teenagers, whose teeth are still growing. However, it can benefit adults with overcrowding too.