June 4, 2022

Why Your Dentist Has Recommended a Tooth Extraction

Cartoon illustration of tooth being removed by forceps.

You’re visiting the dentist for a checkup and things are going well—that is, until your dentist informs you that you’re going to need a tooth extracted soon! A small knot forms in your stomach as you picture a pair of forceps being guided towards your mouth. But you have absolutely nothing to worry about; your dentist won’t remove any of your teeth without a good reason. That said, here’s what you need to know about tooth extraction, why it’s sometimes necessary, and why it’s no reason to panic!

What Does Tooth Extraction Entail?

A tooth extraction is exactly what it sounds like! Your dentist or oral surgeon will simply extract the required tooth from the dental alveolus, or socket. There are two main types of extraction: simple extraction, which is performed on visible teeth (usually with forceps), and surgical extraction, which is used when the teeth aren’t easily accessible. The latter usually involves an incision coupled with local anesthesia.

Why Do Teeth Need to be Extracted?

Since your teeth are the best available tools at your disposal for biting, chewing, and eating, your dentist won’t extract one unless it’s absolutely necessary. That said, a few common reasons for extraction include:

  • Irreparable damage to a tooth due to severe decay.
  • An overcrowded mouth.
  • Treating advanced periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Physical trauma or injury to a tooth.
  • An impacted tooth (a tooth that’s blocked from fully erupting).
  • Wisdom tooth extraction (patients often don’t have room in their mouths for a third set of molars).

Should I Be Worried About Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is typically considered as a last resort for certain dental solutions, and your dentist will determine if it’s a viable option for you after reviewing your health. That said, it’s nothing that you need to worry about! Your dentist will ensure that you’re adequately informed and prepared for the process, as well as the recovery. If you follow your dentists’ instructions, things should go quite smoothly.

Even though tooth extraction might sound frightening, it could quite possibly be the best way to get your oral wellbeing back on track and healthy for the future. Your dentist will only extract your tooth if it’s absolutely necessary; meaning that the end-result will be one you’re both happy and comfortable with!

About the Author

Dr. Hube Parker proudly serves patients and families in the West Mobile area! Dr. Parker received his dental doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact Dr. Parker online or over the phone: (251) 342-2324.

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