Unfortunately there are times when extraction of a tooth is needed for a variety of reasons. Our dental professionals will ensure that you’re taken care of every step of the way.
Most dental procedures aimed at fixing an issue with a broken or damaged tooth involve a variety of tactics designed to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible. However, in some cases, a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be saved, and must be extracted from the mouth to prevent bacterial infections and other complications. Here at Carolina Oaks Dental Care, our experienced and gentle staff strives to resolve your dental issues as quickly, conveniently, and as comfortably as possible.
What Do You Need to Tell Your Dentist Before a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extractions are generally simple procedures, but it’s essential to inform your dentist in Anderson, SC of your complete medical history, your family’s medical history (if applicable), and if you are taking any medications.
Some other pieces of important information include:
- Do you have a congenital heart defect?
- Do you have a heart valve replacement?
- Are you taking any blood thinners?
- Do you have liver disease?
- Do you have any artificial joints, or have you had a hip replacement?
- Is your immune system impaired or compromised?
- Do you have a history of bacterial endocarditis?
When Do Patients Need Tooth Extractions?
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure which your trusted dentist in Anderson, SC can perform. Teeth are most often removed as the result of an injury, but other circumstances which may require the removal of one or more teeth may include:
Solving “Crowded Mouth” Problems
Teeth that are too large for a patient’s mouth, or are too numerous can become problematic and need to be removed to create enough room for the other teeth.
If a patient is visiting us and preparing to receive orthodontic care, the dentist may decide to extract any teeth which are ‘crowding’ the mouth and blocking the progress of any orthodontic measures.
Removing Decaying Teeth
A tooth which has started to decay can often be resolved by installing a crown or a veneer over the existing tooth. However, if a patient has neglected to properly maintain their teeth and gums and decay has caused extensive damage to the tooth, then extracting it may be the only option.
Removing Damaged Teeth
Teeth may become damaged for any number of reasons, but the most common reason that patients at our dental office in Anderson, SC require a tooth extraction is as a result of a sports-related injury. This is why we strongly encourage all of our patients to wear mouth guards while playing sports.
Extracting Erupting Teeth
When a tooth breaks through the gums it is referred to as “erupting”, and while this is generally a smooth process, teeth may become “trapped” inside of the gums, leading to painful swelling and inflammation.
Usually, it is the wisdom teeth which cause problems of this nature. As they begin erupting from the gums, there is often not enough room inside the mouth to accommodate the additional teeth, and as they emerge they begin pressing on the surrounding teeth. These issues must be resolved as quickly as possible, as the erupting wisdom teeth can damage the surrounding teeth if left untreated.