Common Questions About Tooth Extractions

Although our “permanent” adult teeth are meant to last us our entire lifetime, there are certain situations where a tooth extraction may be necessary. At Harmony Dental, with locations in Pearland, we often find that patients have some concerns and questions regarding their tooth extraction. Today we are going to cover the most common questions about tooth extractions, hope it helps!

Why do teeth need to be extracted?

There are quite a few reasons we may suggest a tooth extraction, but ultimately it is for the better of your overall oral health. Wisdom teeth are the most common tooth extractions we perform, often due to overcrowding, infection or even impaction. Poor oral hygiene and decay is another common reason a tooth must be extracted along with spacing and crowding issues of teeth.

Think that you may need a tooth extraction? Contact Harmony Dental to schedule your appointment.

Do tooth extractions hurt?

When most people hear “tooth extraction,” they immediately think of a lot of pain. However, with advancements in dentistry and sedation dentistry, you really have nothing to worry about. At Harmony Dental we offer various sedation dentistry options that can help make your tooth extraction a more comfortable experience.

What is the difference between a simple extraction and a surgical extraction?

When it comes to tooth extraction, there are various factors that come into play when deciding whether a simple or surgical extraction is required.

  • A simple tooth extraction can be provided when your affected tooth has successfully erupted from the gums and is able to be removed in a single piece. Using forceps, your tooth will be gently loosened until it is ready to be extracted.
  • A surgical tooth extraction may be necessary if a tooth has not properly erupted, has become infected or has broken. Wisdom teeth are often removed surgically as well. During a surgical extraction, the gums must be opened so that all of the affected areas can be removed.

Root Canals – Prevention and Aftercare

In order to save a tooth from severe damage and decay, a root canal treatment must be performed. This is necessary when the root canal, which is full of pulp and nerves, becomes infected and/or inflamed. The symptoms for root canal issues is not always visible, but the biggest indicator of issues shows itself in the form of an abscess or pus-filled pocket located near the affected tooth.

How to Prevent Needing a Root Canal

To keep the roots of your teeth healthy, it is vital to practice proper oral hygiene. While we wish there was a magic trick to preventing damage to the roots, it really comes down to taking care of your teeth! You must brush twice a day, floss once a day and always visit your dentist as scheduled. Even with proper oral hygiene, plaque and tartar can begin to form. A cleaning by your dentist is the only way to remove this buildup. To try to slow the development of these teeth harming elements, avoid foods that are high in starch, sugar, and acid. Always rinse or brush after every meal as well.

Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal treatment, the crown of the tooth is removed, and the pulp and nerves inside the tooth are removed. Once removed, the inner part of the tooth is sanitized and sealed. This helps to keep the tooth alive and prevents the tooth from needing to be extracted. A custom-made crown is attached to the top of the tooth afterward to give stability and a cosmetic appeal.

With proper sedation, a root canal treatment is not painful, but there may be some soreness afterward. As long as your dentist’s specific aftercare directions are followed, the discomfort should subside fairly quickly.