Almost everyone has had a toothache at some point in their life. While many toothaches simply go away with time, many people will visit the dentist for a toothache that persists. Sometimes, people have cavities that need to be filled. Bacteria have eroded through the enamel and have damaged the tooth underneath. The dentist will need to clear out the bacteria before placing a filling that will prevent bacteria from entering the same area. Other times, the bacteria have severely damaged the tooth. There might be multiple cavities or there might be damage to the underlying structure of the tooth itself. When the tooth is severely damaged, it might be time for the tooth to come out. This is where a dentist may perform an extraction to remove the problematic tooth and relieve the patient’s symptoms.
What to Expect when an Extraction is Performed
There are a few expectations that patients should have when a dentist needs to perform an extraction. The patient should expect that there isn’t an alternative that would allow the tooth to remain in the mouth while also benefiting the overall oral health of the patient. When the extraction is actually performed, patients should expect a brief jolt and some mild discomfort associated with the tooth removal. When the tooth is removed, it is normal to have a small amount of bleeding for a short time after the tooth is removed. Some patients may be candidates to receive a replacement for the missing tooth such as a Carolina bridge, a flipper, or an implant.
What are the Goals of an Extraction?
When patients need an extraction, it is because there is an underlying problem with the tooth that cannot be fixed otherwise. If not immediately addressed, patients may start to have problems with the gum tissue underneath or the surrounding teeth. One of the goals of an extraction is to prevent this from happening. Furthermore, the extraction will help to relieve any of the symptoms that the patient is experiencing. Most patients visit the dentist because they have a significant amount of discomfort in the area of the tooth. Once the tooth is removed, the patient should experience a quick relief of symptoms. Finally, an extraction will remove the problematic tooth and possibly make room for a replacement. Patients may want to discuss the possibility of receiving an implant with their oral health professional once the tooth is removed.
More than Just Tooth Removal
At Troy Dental Studio located in Troy, MI, Dr. Shikha Batra has developed a reputation for exceptional dental care in a variety of arenas. Dr. Batra is a Troy dentist who has amassed an impressive amount of experience taking care of a myriad of dental problems leading to a long track record of happy and satisfied patients. Anyone looking for a dentist should contact Dr. Batra today to schedule an appointment.