A dentist’s first priority is to save your natural teeth. However, in cases where the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction is recommended.
Extraction may be performed for a single tooth or multiple teeth for any of the following reasons:
- Damage caused by trauma
- Orthodontics: teeth can erupt in such a way that requires them to be extracted in order for your teeth to be brought into line.
- Decay and damage caused due to advanced gum disease that damages the tissue connecting a tooth to the gum
- A wisdom tooth that is impacted or has not erupted
When you visit Center One Dental in Canonsburg, PA, we begin by examining your teeth to decide the best course of treatment for you. In case an extraction is needed, an X-Ray is taken to get an idea of the exact position of the tooth to be extracted and also to check for abscesses. In case an abscess is present, it will have to be treated before performing the extraction. During the extraction, the site is numbed and sedation is administered for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. The dentist then carefully removes the tooth and the extraction site is cleaned and filled.
There's two types of tooth extraction:
- Simple extraction: this type of extraction is done when the tooth to be extracted is above the gumline.
- Surgical extraction: a surgical extraction is performed when a tooth is present below the gumline, has broken off at gum level or is partially showing through the gum.
Depending on your dental health we may suggest dental implants or other replacements may be suggested to replace the missing tooth.
If you would like to get your decayed or impacted teeth examined to see if you may need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment at Center One Dental in Canonsburg, PA. Call (724) 213-2274.