Our teeth are covered by one of the hardest substances in the entire body - enamel. Though the teeth are quite strong and durable, they could get severely damaged when you sustain oral trauma, such as during an accident, a bad fall, a sports-related injury, etc. In some instances, the teeth may be affected by cavities, which could put them and the adjoining teeth at serious risk.
While we consider every possible restorative procedure to restore such teeth to their ideal structure and functionality, the teeth may be too badly damaged for this. As a last resort option, we may have to extract the tooth entirely to keep you from undergoing pain and discomfort.
When are extractions necessary?
Severely damaged teeth: Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken should be restored at the earliest to keep them from developing a root canal infection. Moreover, it could become quite difficult and painful to bite and chew food with a damaged tooth. But, if the extent of damage is too much, we may have to extract the tooth completely.
Decayed teeth: The microbes in the tartar deposits cause cavities. They release toxins that erode the enamel and decay the underlying tissues. If not restored at the right time, the cavity can grow deeper and reach the root canal to cause infection. Severely decayed or root canal infected teeth will have to be extracted to save the adjoining teeth from being affected.
Impacted teeth: In some cases, the teeth may get stuck in the jawbone and not emerge properly. This condition is called impacted teeth and can be highly painful. The best way to treat this oral condition is by removing the impacted tooth from the socket.
Orthodontic treatment: When you visit the dentist to get a malocclusion treated, the dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis and explain the procedure to you. This may include removing teeth on either side of the jaw to make space for the movement of the remaining teeth.
We perform tooth extractions after administering local anesthesia to numb the oral tissues. Patients will not experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Suitable aftercare instructions will be given to facilitate optimal healing.
Please do reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation with our Dentist Orem, UT, and we’ll be glad to assist you further.