Extracting a tooth is a last resort, but sometimes is the only option. If your tooth is severely decayed or broken, Dr. Loren Frumker, your periodontist in Cleveland, may recommend removal. These are some of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction, but there are also many others.
When Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
• Some people have additional teeth or may have baby teeth that do not fall out. They are generally removed as part of an orthodontic treatment plan to correct crowding.
• Teeth may be infected or decayed to the point where they cannot be saved.
• Periodontal disease results in loose teeth due to the destruction of connective tissue and bone that support the teeth. In some cases, these teeth are damaged beyond saving.
• A tooth that is fractured due to injury may be broken so severely that it must be extracted.
The Extraction Procedure
When you arrive for your tooth extraction, Dr. Frumker will administer a local anesthetic. This will numb the area to keep you comfortable during the procedure. If you are having a simple tooth extraction, Dr. Frumker will use forceps to move the tooth back and forth until it loosens and finally releases from the socket. If, however, your tooth is broken below the gum line or has not yet erupted, Dr. Frumker will need to perform a surgical extraction.
In a surgical extraction, the gum tissue must be cut to gain access and visibility to the tooth structure below the gum line. Dr. Frumker will remove the tooth, in pieces if necessary, and close the surgical site with stitches. This is commonly performed with impacted wisdom tooth extractions, and for some patients may require a stronger level of sedation.
If your tooth extraction is the result of infection, decay, or injury, Dr. Frumker may discuss replacement options with you before your extraction appointment. It is important to replace a tooth as quickly as possible after a tooth extraction to avoid changes in appearance and health. Make an appointment with your periodontist in Cleveland today.