Aesthetic Dental of Barbados
Tooth Extractions – The Causes & Procedure
Tooth extraction surgeries are commonly performed by dentist on individuals who experience trauma to a tooth, or have tooth infection and decay. Good oral hygiene practices can help prevent the need for tooth extraction due to infection. A good dental regimen will include brushing and flossing daily and biannual visits to the dentist for checkups and cleaning.
Infections or cavities due to the lack of good dental care practices can also lead to dental abscesses, which can affect the mouth, jaw, face and throat. Individuals who experience toothaches, swelling of tissues within the tooth or the presence of pus around the tooth should visit their dentist as soon as possible for treatment. Dentists will likely try other abscess treatments to save the tooth before resorting to extraction.
Bacteria can also infect the center of a tooth as a result of erosion to tooth enamel which then permits bacteria to enter the tooth.
An extraction may be the final step necessary to prevent a cracked or decayed tooth from causing further damage and discomfort. However, in the case of crowding or an impacted wisdom tooth, it may be needed to prevent trouble from occurring later on. Generally, it's a routine procedure when done by an experienced hand.
The process usually goes like this:
- Your dentist performs an X-ray examination which will allow him/her to see the tooth's exact position and to anticipate any possible complications.
- An assessment of your medical and drug history is made, to give your dentist an idea of your general health and to determine your best options for anesthesia - Simple tooth extractions can be performed under local anesthesia such as a numbing shot, with or without the use of additional sedation such as oral medication or nitrous oxide, whilst more complex or multiple extractions may require conscious sedation that's administered intravenously.
- After an anesthetic has been administered the dental surgeon then proceeds to remove the tooth.
Our team at Aesthetic Dental is here to consult with you, so whether you need your biannual checkup, a routine cleaning or to have an assessment regarding any oral discomfort you may be experiencing simply contact us today to schedule an appointment.