Tooth Extractions in Houston, TX

Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary, though no one feels happy about it. But, in most cases, it is carried out to give you relief from pain and discomfort. Even though dentists make every effort to save natural teeth, an extraction sometimes becomes unavoidable. There are several reasons why tooth extraction may be needed, such as a severely damaged or decayed tooth.

When Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Besides damage and injuries, dental extractions are needed for the following reasons:

  • Infection

Teeth can get damaged or decayed when a bacterial infection spreads to the nerves and blood vessels. The infection is often caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth, spreading to the gums and eventually leading to serious diseases. In such cases, pulling out the infected tooth is the best solution to prevent further harm.

  • Crowded Teeth

The likelihood of crowded teeth increases as we grow up. When you have all four wisdom teeth erupted, there is a chance that your mouth gets crowded. As a result, the other teeth start overlapping on one another. The extraction of one or more teeth may be required to eliminate the overcrowding in the mouth. Tooth extraction is also advised when the patient has to undergo orthodontic treatment to make space for the realignment of the teeth.

  • Periodontal Disease

Periodontal gum disease is an infection in the tissues and bones that provide support to the teeth. Infected gums may not be able to support the tooth, making it painful to chew or bite. This is when dental extraction might be beneficial.

What Are the Types of Tooth Extractions?

The extraction of teeth falls into two basic categories: simple and surgical.

  • Simple Extraction

Simple tooth extraction is relatively easy and straightforward. In this procedure, teeth that are visible and easily accessible are extracted. The dentist will inject local anesthesia and then use an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to pull it out. Since the dentist doesn’t have to make an incision on your gum, you won’t need sutures.

Most often, simple extractions involve the removal of diseased teeth that cannot be repaired with fillings. Fractured teeth are also common reasons to get a simple extraction. The recovery from a simple extraction is faster and easier. 

  • Surgical Extraction

Surgical tooth extraction involves an operation performed by an oral surgeon. During this surgery, the teeth which are not visible in the mouth are removed. It includes taking out impacted teeth. The dentist will make an incision in the connective tissues in the gums to remove the tooth. Surgical extraction procedures are more complex and will cost you more.

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