You may think that tooth extractions would be painful, but the reality is that this is far from the truth. The incredible advancements in dentistry over the past few decades have made it possible to quickly and painlessly extract teeth without causing any unnecessary discomfort.
Your teeth are held in a socket by a set of elastic fibers, and when a dentist uses highly specialized tools, these fibers can be loosened instead of completely severed. This allows for our dentists to easily remove damaged and unhealthy teeth without causing damage to the socket or surrounding jaw. Once the tooth is safely removed, we fill any damaged or unhealthy areas with bone grafting materials, allowing us to minimize any damage to the surrounding bone tissue.
Many times the teeth that we are looking to extract have yet to emerge or rupture, as in the case of wisdom teeth. If the tooth that needs to be extracted has yet to emerge, we use IV sedation to prevent any discomfort while we do the minor surgery necessary to extract the tooth. Once the tooth has been safely extracted and the surrounding area has been cleaned and secured, we can then replace the tooth with a dental implant or bridge.
Extractions are normally performed when there is extensive damage or trauma to a certain tooth and it has gotten to the point where it can no longer function. There are four primary reasons why we would recommend having a tooth extracted: