Emergency Tooth Extraction
A dentist’s goal is always to save and restore a natural tooth, but in some cases, a tooth has sustained too much damage and cannot be saved. There are 5 common reasons that a dentist may recommend an emergency dumfries tooth extraction. The most common extraction is the removal of the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teens to early twenties and are the third molars in the very back of the mouth. Some people may be able to comfortably and safely keep their wisdom teeth, but in most cases, there isn’t sufficient room in the jaws to accommodate these 4 large teeth. This can lead the wisdom teeth to push other teeth out of the way, or to become impacted, or stuck, beneath the gums. If your impacted wisdom teeth are causing pain, you may need an emergency wisdom teeth extraction; otherwise, your dentist may have time to schedule an extraction, based on x-rays and an examination that indicate that problems may lie in store in your future.
If your teeth aren’t aligned perfectly, your bite may withstand a disproportionate amount of impact while you are chewing. Teeth are designed to undergo force, but, if they don’t line up properly, this force could fracture your lower molars. If you have recently had a substantial filling or a root canal, you may be at greater risk for a tooth cracking due to the impact of chewing. If the tooth cracks above the gumline, it may be able to be fixed by bonding or with a crown. If, however, the crack extends below the gumline, the tooth will need to be extracted promptly. Severe tooth decay may also necessitate an emergency extraction. Tooth decay results from the unchecked buildup of dental plaque and tartar. If the tooth has decayed to the point where there is less healthy tooth than decayed tooth, the tooth cannot be repaired and must be extracted.
Tooth decay is often the result of inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis can also result from inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, and it is reversible with thorough teeth cleanings and well-maintained oral hygiene practices. If it is not treated in time, however, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is also known as gum disease. Periodontitis causes the gum tissue to recede, which reduces the amount of support provided for the teeth, causing them to loosen and sometimes fall out. If the teeth are significantly loosened, dentists will extract them. There is no cure for periodontitis, but dentists can slow the progression of periodontitis with thorough deep cleaning, and, if the teeth are extracted, dentists can replace them with one of a few different replacement methods.
If your teeth are crowded in your mouth, either because of the size of your teeth or the size of your jaw, your dentist may propose extraction to relieve crowding. For example, in advance of an orthodontic procedure, many patients have one or more teeth extracted to allow room for their remaining teeth to align properly. While this is not usually a preferred treatment, in certain cases and with certain patients, extraction may be necessary.
Before any extraction procedure, the dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum and bone tissue. This will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, though you will still feel pressure on the tooth as it is manipulated by the dentist. The dentist will then use dental instruments to loosen the tooth that is to be extracted, and to extract the tooth. Depending on the size of the extraction site, you may also receive a few dissolvable stitches to close the gum tissue and aid in healing. Following the extraction procedure, you may be given gauze to stem the bleeding from the extraction site. Once a blood clot forms in the extraction site, healing has begun. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare, to guarantee your extraction site heals comfortably and completely.
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