Tooth extractions are often suggested after other, less invasive procedures have failed to repair a damaged or heavily decayed tooth. However, your dentist may also suggest extraction for reasons other than damage. Find out more about tooth extractions and what they can do for you with Dr. M. A. Kasem with two locations in both Ocoee and Clermont, FL serving the Orlando, FL, area.
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a dentist removes the entirety of a tooth both above and below the gum line. Your dentist will likely suggest an extraction after other, less invasive treatments have failed to provide results. During the procedure, your dentist will use either a simple or surgical technique to remove the tooth. During a simple extraction, your dentist uses tools to rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it, then remove it with forceps. A surgical extraction, often required for teeth which are broken or impacted, uses surgical techniques to open the gum tissue and remove the tooth.
Do I need a tooth extraction?
In some cases, your dentist may suggest extraction due to crowding or the impact of that tooth on other treatments like radiation therapy for cancer. Many tooth extractions are a result of severe decay or damage to the tooth which your dentist cannot repair with a dental crown, filling, or other, less invasive treatments. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, which erupt through the gums later in life than the other permanent teeth, also often require extraction due to the complications they cause to the existing teeth.
Replacing an Extracted Tooth in Orlando, Ocoee, and Clermont
A missing tooth can cause a variety of issues which begin taking place after the tooth no longer fills its socket. The bone in the area of the missing tooth starts to erode, causing bone atrophy. The teeth surrounding the extraction site may begin to shift and move due to the extra room. The soft tissues of the face are also affected by tooth loss, caving in due to the bone loss and shifting teeth. A dental implant, the gold standard for tooth and root replacement, can help you avoid these issues. A dental bridge can also replace a missing tooth, but not its root.
For more information on tooth extractions or why you may need one, please contact Dr. Kasem with two locations in both Ocoee and Clermont, FL serving the Orlando, FL, area. Call (407) 656-4702 to schedule your appointment in Ocoee and (352) 243-7700 to schedule your appointment in Clermont today!