Dental Extractions

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure performed by an oral surgeon to remove damaged or loose teeth from their sockets. Using dental elevators and forceps, the oral surgeon carefully uproots the teeth. Prior to the extraction, the extraction site is numbed with a general anesthetic to ensure a pain-free experience.

This procedure is typically recommended for reasons such as severe decay, infection, periodontal disease, orthodontic treatment, or overcrowding. After the extraction, the oral surgeon provides post-operative instructions for proper healing, including pain management techniques and guidelines for oral hygiene. Regular follow-up visits are essential to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns.

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There are two types of tooth extraction procedures:

1. A simple extraction

A simple extraction is performed when the tooth extraction does not involve complications like a broken tooth structure, impacted teeth or teeth with long and twisted roots.

2. A surgical extraction

A surgical extraction is performed when the tooth extraction procedure involves complications like broken tooth structure, impacted teeth or teeth with long and twisted roots. An incision is made in the gums to give the tooth a better exposure and the tooth is pulled out after removing the underlying bone tissues.

When is a tooth extraction performed?

Your dentist’s primary motive is to keep your natural teeth healthy and in place for as long as possible. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to get a tooth extracted for maintaining oral and overall health. You may require a tooth extraction in any of the following scenarios:

  • When a tooth experiences irreparable tooth damage due to severe decay, your dentist will have to resort to immediate tooth extraction. Teeth with minor decay can be restored with tooth fillings but when the decay reaches the roots, the tooth becomes unrestorable.
  • Advanced periodontal diseases cause gum recession, due to which the gums are forced to pull away from the teeth and leave them loose. Loose teeth require immediate extraction to minimize the risks associated with them.
  • Certain teeth fail to erupt through the gums and remain impacted below the gum line. Such teeth often lead to infections and orthodontic problems in the future. Surgical tooth extraction is performed for such teeth.
  • Some people naturally have smaller dental arches. As a result, there is not enough room for all the teeth. This leads to overcrowding, a serious orthodontic issue that misaligns the bite. In order to eliminate overcrowding, tooth extraction is performed.
  • Dental trauma from accidents like car collision can cause severe damage to the teeth. The teeth break above or below the gum line. Tooth extraction is required to uproot such broken teeth.

At Auburn Dental Center, we use the latest technology like digital X rays and 3 D imaging to provide top-notch dental solutions to our patients. We aim to provide safe, comfortable, and painless procedures that suit one’s dental needs. For further queries, book an appointment with us at (661) 327-2189 or visit us at 5603 Auburn Street Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93306.