Tooth extractions consists of the removal of one or more teeth from the socket, its part of that is within the bone.

Dental Extractions

Tooth extractions consists of the removal of one or more teeth from the socket, its part of that is within the bone.

While a dentist will make every attempt to fix a tooth that has been damaged or has been broken as a result of decay, oral disease, crowding, and/or trauma, there are some instances which the damage is considered to be excessive and absolutely too extensive to be saved. In these instances, an extraction will be the next step.

Situations That Call for Extractions

Numerous situations abound that call for tooth extractions. The following highlights the most common of these issues:

  • Additional teeth in the mouth prevent other teeth from emerging from the gums
  • If braces are required, teeth may need to be extracted in order to create room for the teeth that will be aligned into place
  • Certain types of medical treatments and procedures may require the teeth to be extracted and/or the teeth to become so damaged that they must be removed
  • Wisdom teeth may need to be extracted due to excess size, infection, and/or discomfort
  • Impacted teeth may need to be extracted to reduce pain and inflammation

Antibiotic Usage Common with Extractions

When having extractions performed, it is common for antibiotics to be prescribed. This is especially true if an infection is present at the time of the tooth removal. If the surgical procedure will be lengthy, antibiotics may be used to prevent the onset of infection. Those with certain medical conditions and/or a weak immune system may be prescribed these types of medications to aid in eliminating the possibility of future health complications.

Types of Extractions

Generally speaking, there are two types of extractions. These are identified as “simple” and “surgical”. A simple one involves the use of a special dental tool called an “elevator” and forceps to simply remove a tooth that can be easily seen and dealt with.

A surgical extraction is a complex procedure that is commonly performed on teeth that have broken at the gum or have not yet fully emerged. In most instances, an oral surgeon will perform this procedure; however, general dentists are often qualified to complete surgical extractions, too.

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