Tooth extractions are used commonly for things like wisdom teeth, but can also be needed for various adult and primary teeth. But how do you know if you need a tooth extraction? Dr. Marvin N. Kaplan, a dentist in Cincinnati, OH, helps you figure it out.
Your Wisdom Teeth are Causing Problems
It’s a common occurrence for people in their late teens and early twenties to get their wisdom teeth removed. These teeth rarely erupt in a way that’s helpful. Often, they can get impacted or erupt strangely, causing pain and discomfort. Your teeth may also be more crooked and cramped because of them. If our technology determines they’re going to come in strangely, we’ll recommend they get taken out before they even try to break through the gums.
Your Teeth are Overcrowded
Even without wisdom teeth, your mouth may not be large enough for your teeth. Overcrowding can lead to orthodontic problems and the need for braces or other oral appliances. If we suggest pulling teeth, it’s to prevent the problem from progressing too far. When teeth are extracted, the remaining teeth will shift to remove any gaps. This should reduce any issues in your mouth with crowded teeth.
Your Tooth is Severely Damaged or Diseased
We want to do the most conservative form of treatment whenever possible. This means we often try to do a root canal for a diseased tooth or restorative dentistry for a damaged one. Sometimes, however, there’s nothing we can do to save the tooth. Tooth extraction is then performed to reduce the risk of harming the rest of your teeth and overall oral health.
The Tooth Extraction Process
A tooth extraction only requires one visit to our Cincinnati, Ohio dentist office. First, Dr. Kaplan will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. If you suffer from dental fear or request sedation dentistry, we can use sedation to help you feel more comfortable.
Once you’re numb and relaxed, Dr. Kaplan will gently remove your tooth by the root and take it out of the socket. The socket is thoroughly cleaned and sutures will be used to close the socket so it can heal. We’ll provide you with aftercare instructions to follow to make sure the socket doesn’t become infected and that your recovery is swift. You should be set to return to your normal routine the next day.
Depending on the location of the tooth, the dentist may recommend dental implants to replace it. If Dr. Kaplan and you decide that dental implants are the way to go, he’ll coordinate the implant procedure with a local oral surgeon.
If you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed, the process will be a bit different. Dr. Kaplan will monitor the positioning of your wisdom teeth through x-rays. Usually, all four will be taken out at the same time. Sedation dentistry is typically used to ensure you’re comfortable and so the procedure can be performed quickly and efficiently.
Tooth Extractions at Your Cincinnati, Ohio Dentist
Do you have a tooth that may need to be removed? Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started.