Your teeth are incredibly strong. However, while strong, it is still possible for them to be faced with issues such as tooth decay and other types of damage. Damage not only affects the appearance of your teeth, and your smile, but can have a significant impact on your oral health as well. When teeth are damaged, the preferred solution is to save them, keeping them in their sockets. If the damage is too severe, though, saving the teeth may not be possible, and can increase your risk for serious issues. If your teeth are damaged beyond repair, Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center can help with extractions.
Effects of Untreated DamageWhile minor damage usually only causes aesthetic issues with your teeth, more significant damage can have a much larger effect. Severely damaged teeth can allow bacteria into the inner layers of your teeth, where they can begin attacking the pulp and causing a painful infection. Untreated infections can allow bacteria into your bloodstream, where they can travel throughout your body, causing serious issues including heart disease and diabetes. Severely damaged teeth are at risk for further damage that can significantly impact their structural integrity.
Reasons for a Tooth ExtractionWhen teeth are damaged, the preferred solution is to save them. However, this is not always possible. When teeth have been significantly damaged, attempting to save them can further compromise your oral health. In these cases, tooth extraction is the best solution. Common reasons a tooth needs to be extracted includes:
Extracting Your TeethWhen you are faced with tooth damage, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away. We will perform a thorough oral exam to determine the extent of the damage and the best treatment plan. Your exam includes a visual inspection of your teeth as well as dental X-rays, which will allow us to see damage and other issues below the gums. If your teeth require an extraction, we will then create a customized treatment plan.
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted, simple extractions and surgical extractions. A simple extraction is a fairly straightforward process. After providing you with a local anesthetic, the tooth is gripped and moved back and forth to widen the periodontal ligament. This helps to loosen the tooth. Once the ligament is wide enough, the tooth is lifted free.
Surgical extractions are often used in more complex situations, such as a tooth that is shattered, damaged below the gum line, or impacted. This extraction is done under a local anesthetic and sedation may also be provided. Incisions are made in the gums to expose the root of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone. We then work to completely remove the tooth, which may require removing a small amount of bone or sectioning the tooth to remove in pieces. After the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned, and your gums are sutured closed.
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If your teeth are damaged beyond repair, the best solution may be to extract them and then replace them. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.