Dental extractions are recommended when it is impossible to save a tooth and must be removed. At Lake Mountain Dental, extractions may also be recommended for teeth that are impacted, such as wisdom teeth. A dental extraction may be recommended if a tooth is damaged or decayed. Impacted wisdom teeth can also create crowding or misalignment.
The Different Types of Extractions
There are two main types of extractions:
When Are Extractions Needed?
If braces aren’t for you, you can opt for tooth extraction. Extractions, also known as tooth removals, are typically performed when a tooth cannot be saved. They are used to remove teeth that are decayed, damaged, impacted, or otherwise causing issues.
Surgical extractions involve removing a tooth or teeth using an elevator hand tool. This procedure may involve surgical incisions if a tooth is impacted or if it has broken off at the gum line. Extractions are performed for various reasons, including removing a tooth to make way for an implant or dental restoration. A tooth may also need to be removed if it cannot be restored due to decay or periodontal disease.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that develop in the very back of the mouth. Sometimes, they erupt properly, fit right in with the other teeth, and are not problematic. However, wisdom teeth become stuck more often than not. This can cause pain, infection, and even damage to neighboring teeth. If wisdom teeth become impacted, it may be necessary for your dentist to remove them. This can prevent pain, infection, and more severe problems from occurring.
The Benefits of Extractions
Eliminate pain caused by impacted wisdom teeth.
Clear out persistent infections.
Save teeth that have been severely broken.
Reduce tooth crowding.
Recovery from Extractions
After your extraction, your dentist will give you specific instructions regarding eating and drinking. It’s essential to follow these instructions to prevent any complications. Eating soft food for several days is best, and avoiding drinking through a straw prevents dislodging the clot.
While bleeding is normal, if bleeding persists, you need to contact your dentist. Also, if you notice black, red, or bloody discharge, you should contact your dentist.
To discover more about the benefits of dental extraction, call 801-830-4486 or visit Lake Mountain Dental at 4342 E Pony Express Pkwy Eagle Mountain, UT, 84005.