Almost everyone will get a cavity at some point in their life. Even the most extensive dental hygiene routines cannot clear out all the bacteria that are attacking the tooth’s enamel and inner structure. A cavity that is caught in the early stages is easy to correct with a dental filling. However, cavities are left untreated for an extended period of time will only become worse. A tooth with a cavity so severe that cannot be filled may require extraction. A tooth extraction is a simple and common procedure for our West Hollywood dental extractions expert.
When tooth decay has progressed to the point where a filling is not substantial enough to correct the problem, the patient is only left with a few options. It is possible that the tooth can be saved with a root canal procedure, but these are very expensive and invasive procedures. For those patients who are unwilling or unable to undergo root canal therapy, our Poughkeepise dentists and oral surgeons often recommends having the tooth extracted.
A tooth extraction performed by our Poughkeepise dentist is simple and affordable. The first step in the extraction process is usually for the patient to begin taking antibiotics for a week or two. Otherwise, the bacteria that are causing the decay could possibly infect the open area that is left after the tooth is removed. Before extracting the tooth, our dentist or oral surgeon will numb the area so the procedure will be pain-free and the patient can remain comfortable. Finally, the dentist will remove the tooth and its roots by gently sliding it out of the socket with a pair of forceps. More advanced extractions may require the dentist to make an incision to better grip the tooth.
Tooth extractions do not take long, less than an hour in most cases. Plus they are relatively inexpensive compared to other dental procedures like root canals. Extractions are not just for decaying teeth either. They can be used for teeth that are loosening due to periodontal disease or those that have suffered some form of trauma. After the tooth has been extracted, our oral surgeon or dentist will likely recommend filling the gap that is left with a bridge or dental implant.
If you have a painful decaying tooth or one that is becoming loose, contact our office today to find out more about how a dental extraction can help.