Tooth loss can have a massive impact on your smile appearance and oral health. There are times when a tooth extraction cannot be prevented for reasons that are beyond our control. The reasons for extractions can include a severely decayed tooth, wisdom teeth, or orthodontic purposes. At iTooth Family Dentistry, we perform tooth extractions with sedation options and will take great care to ensure your speedy recovery.
What are Tooth Extractions?
Tooth extractions involve entirely removing a tooth from its socket, and it is performed to preserve your oral health or enhance your smile aesthetics. Based on the positioning of a tooth, a simple or surgical procedure will be carried out to remove the tooth.
If a tooth lies above the gum line and is appropriately visible, we will remove it with dental forceps in a simple process. When a tooth is impacted in the gums, an incision is made on the gums, and the tooth is broken into several pieces and pulled out.
The reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- When a tooth becomes severely decayed or diseased and beyond repair
- To prevent a tooth from causing problems like wisdom teeth
- To perform orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign
- To correct an overcrowded mouth
Why Is Socket Preservation Necessary?
After tooth extractions, the socket area has to be preserved to reduce bone loss. If the extracted site is not protected or maintained, the empty socket will shrink, losing up to forty percent of the bone in a few weeks and causing your teeth to shift out of alignment. This can lead to jawbone deterioration, affecting your ability to speak and chew, besides causing trouble when you bite. Hence preserving the socket area becomes vital to help you return to your regular habits after an extraction.
What Is the Process of Socket Preservation?
Socket preservation allows you to maintain the jawbone volume and makes the process of future tooth replacement more straightforward and comfortable whether you choose a denture, bridge, or even dental implant. At times more extensive bone grafting is necessary to prepare the site of dental implant placements. The bone graft material is sourced either from your body, another person, or approved animal or synthetic material.
Bone grafts can be placed in the dental socket immediately after the tooth is extracted or else through the sinus cavity for areas around the upper jaw in the second option.
If you are experiencing toothaches or pain, visit our office, iTooth Family Dentistry, at 3211 E Battlefield Rd #100, Springfield, MO 65804. You can also reach us at (417) 883-8515.