What Is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is simply the removal of a tooth by a qualified dentist. There are two basic types of tooth extraction. In all cases, numbing or sedating agents are used to make the patient comfortable. Non-surgical tooth extraction involves the dentist using a pair of forceps to gently remove the tooth from the mouth.
For more challenging cases like an impacted tooth, surgical tooth extraction is necessary. At Downey Dental Arts, we work with all types of tooth extractions to take care of impacted teeth, wisdom teeth, and decayed teeth.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
At Downey Dental Arts, we conduct tooth extractions for a variety of clinical reasons. One of the reasons is that a tooth may have become so damaged or decayed it is better to replace it rather than try to fix it. However, healthy teeth are sometimes removed on purpose to make room for other teeth. Crowded teeth can cause problems, which is one of the main reasons why we remove wisdom teeth.
What Is an Impacted Tooth?
An impacted tooth is a tooth that is stuck underneath the gumline because it never fully erupted. Impacted teeth don’t necessarily cause problems, but more often than not, teeth that haven’t fully erupted become painful, crowd out other teeth, or cause pain. One option is to try to use dental techniques to help the tooth erupt. If this is not feasible, then tooth extraction may be necessary.