Tooth extraction is required when you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be removed. At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, the dentist will conduct a tooth extraction under controlled conditions. Since the procedure could be painful, we will administer local anesthesia before commencing to keep you comfortable.
What Does an Extraction Involve?
During a tooth extraction, the dentist will remove a tooth from its socket in its entirety. Meaning, the tooth will be extracted along with its root from the jawbone. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly diagnose your oral condition and determine if you really need the extraction based on the severity. We may also take X-rays and scans of the mouth to get a better view of the underlying jawbone and tooth root.
Before carrying out the procedure, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth, jawbone, and surrounding soft tissues. This will ensure you do not experience pain when the tooth is being removed. We will clean around the tooth to remove the microbes. Once the anesthesia has done its work and numbed the tooth and surrounding oral regions, we will grip the tooth firmly using dental forceps. It will be shaken to loosen it from the jawbone socket and the fibers from the soft tissues surrounding it.
Once the tooth is loose enough, we will remove it entirely in one firm motion. In case the tooth is impacted or stuck in the jawbone at an awkward angle, we may have to section it into smaller fragments and remove each of these individually. After the tooth is removed, we will place a piece of gauze near the extraction site to control bleeding and facilitate the formation of a clot. The opening to the wound would be sealed off by a suture.
When Is an Extraction Required?
- Decay:When a tooth is severely decayed, we will try to restore it by removing the decay and filling the cavity using tooth-colored fillings. But if the decay has advanced onto the root canal cavity, we may have to remove it altogether to prevent the infection from spreading and causing more trouble.
- Impacted:Impacted teeth would be stuck in the jawbone just before erupting. Such a condition could be a result of heredity, smaller jawbone sockets, or other causes. The best way to treat such a concern is by removing the tooth to help keep pain and discomfort at bay.
- Injury: When a tooth is badly injured by external trauma, it could cause a lot of pain and bleeding. Although we would first try to save damaged teeth using crowns, veneers, or composite bonding, we may have to extract them in extreme cases to keep you from experiencing pain.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.