Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, injury, and for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
Why Extraction May Be Necessary
In our office teeth are usually extracted only if there is no reasonable way to treat and retain them. Remember, nothing we can put into your mouth is as good as a healthy, natural tooth! When extraction becomes necessary, however, ever effort is made to preserve the natural shape and contours of the gums and ridge. Using such techniques as ridge preservation (another topic on this pull-down menu) the width of the ridge and the bone itself can be preserved, making it easier for your dentist to replace the missing tooth. Whether with a partial denture, bridge or dental implant, having the proper amount of bone and gum and having it in the right location allows you to have the best result possible when your tooth is replaced.
Whether or not extraction and ridge reconstruction are right for you can be determined during your examination and consultation. That is when we can begin to develop a treatment plan designed specifically to meet what you need and what you want.