Tooth Extraction - Hixson, TN
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Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, oral injury, wisdom teeth and for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are a relatively common procedure for Dr. Charles McBrayer and Dr. Strever , and we perform both simple and surgical extractions. The difficulty of each extraction varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure. Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever will do everything he can to save your teeth before resorting to extraction, but in certain cases, removing a problem tooth before it causes more damage is the ideal approach.
Types of Extractions
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth. They are removed due to decay or injury and are usually performed under a local anesthetic. During this procedure, the doctor will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth. The loosened tooth will then easily come out.
Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line or that have not yet come in (ie: wisdom teeth). To remove the tooth, the doctor will have to cut and pull back the gums, which allows access to the area. This is necessary so that they can see the tooth that needs to be removed. Surgical extractions are usually done with local anesthesia but a general anesthesia is sometimes preferred.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
The most common reason for removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth. Regardless of the reasons a tooth must be pulled, extraction is usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.
However, teeth may also be removed because of:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in
- Severe gum disease
- To make room for orthodontic treatment
- The tooth can not be restored endodontically
- Fractured teeth
- To make room for a dental prosthesis (i.e.: bridge or denture)
- Cosmetic reason
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