Posted by Dr. Boger on Apr 14 2021, 10:54 AM

Tooth extraction or dental extraction is the procedure of removing a tooth from the gum socket. Dental extractions are inevitable if the tooth decay or infection is severe, and the dentist can perform no restorative methods to save the tooth. 

Why are dental extractions performed?

Dental extractions are necessary in the following cases: 

  • If you have a severe tooth infection (abscess).
  • If you have overcrowded or poorly positioned teeth.
  • If you have a severe gum disease that has caused loose or damaged teeth.
  • If you have a painful tooth injury or fracture due to trauma, clenching, or grinding.
  • If you have impacted teeth that cause problems, such as wisdom teeth (third molars).
  • If you have extensive tooth decay or an advanced tooth infection.
  • If it is necessary to make space for orthodontic appliances.

Types of Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are primarily of two types - simple and surgical. While performing a simple tooth extraction, the dentist will remove the damaged tooth completely using forceps after administering local anesthesia. 

A dental surgeon performs surgical extractions after administering general anesthesia when a simple extraction is not possible. 

Advantages of Tooth Extractions:

Tooth extractions are performed to remove cracked, broken, or badly decayed teeth that either have an infection or are causing you pain. Tooth extractions offer the following advantages: 

  • Tooth extractions help remove teeth with advanced gum disease.
  • If you have a damaged tooth that a dentist can't save even with a root canal treatment, tooth extractions are needed.
  • If you have a poorly positioned or non-functional tooth, removing it will be the best option.
  • Extracting a tooth will sometimes be needed to make room for new teeth.

Signs that you may need a tooth extraction

A dentist performs dental extractions only under inevitable circumstances. The most common symptoms that necessitate the need for tooth extractions involve tooth pain and loose teeth. However, when you visit us with these symptoms for an evaluation, our expert dentists at Boger Family Dental will determine the exact cause of the problem and determine if the extraction is essential or not. We will suggest a tooth extraction only as a last resort.

How to care for your teeth to prevent the need for tooth extractions?

We recommend our patients follow proper oral hygiene practices at home, including brushing and flossing daily to prevent the necessity of tooth extraction. We also recommend you to visit our dentist at Boger Family Dental for your biannual checkups and professional teeth cleanings to identify dental problems during their initial stage to avoid the need for an extraction or complex dental procedures in the future.

Do you have a painful tooth? Call Boger Family Dental at 408.286.3229 or schedule an appointment online to consult our dentist at our office in San Jose, CA.

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