Katy Dentist Dr. Kahlon may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth/Wisdom teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Kahlon will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
Extractions are classified in a few different ways depending on difficulty and technique used.
Routine extractions refer to tooth removal that can be used by gently moving the teeth around so that the ligament that holds the tooth to the bone releases the tooth so that the tooth can come out in one piece. Teeth that only have one root or have bone loss generally are generally routine extractions.
Put simply, a surgical extraction is any extraction that is not a routine extraction. Generally a small amount of bone is removed or the offending tooth itself is cut into smaller pieces so that each piece can be removed separately and more easily. Surgical extractions are often needed with teeth that are broken at the gum line, root canal treated teeth, teeth with multiple roots, or teeth strong bone around them. After the tooth is removed, generally a stitch and some medicine is placed to aid with healing. Many times a surgical extraction is done instead of a routine extraction so that the extraction takes less time and the treatment is less invasive.
For each of his patients who have had a tooth removed, Dr. Kahlon will give a prescription for pain medication and offers every patient the opportunity to return in one week for a complimentary post operative check up.
Are you having problems with your teeth and want to see if you need to have them removed? If so please call us at Smile Profile Dental today to schedule your appointment.