Having toothaches can be absolutely unbearable. Especially if a patient is suffering from periodontal (which is the structure that supports teeth) diseases (study source). If the tooth can’t be saved for various reasons, then the tooth may be needed to be extracted to prevent further issues and to relieve pain. Tooth extractions can safely remove the tooth that is causing an issue.
The biggest appeal of a tooth extraction is how the pain alleviated almost immediately. If the tooth had severe decay then infection may be present too. Therefore, by extracting the tooth the pain is eliminated almost immediately.
That being said, if a tooth is extracted then other dental procedures are necessary to take the place of the extracted tooth. It’s not advisable to leave a gap because other teeth will move out of alignment and fill the space. Furthermore, it may be uncomfortable to chew and have aesthetically undesirable effects.
Why would a patient need to have their tooth extracted?
When we were kids we had our teeth fall out. Maybe a parent, a sibling or yourself did it. Whoever did it essentially extracted the tooth. As adults it’s a bit more difficult.
That being said, tooth extractions are quite common. Even though it is one of the easiest and most common dental procedures, it should only be done as a last resort. If the tooth can not be saved then an extraction must be done.
There are several main reasons why a patient would need a tooth extraction. Below is a brief summary of a few main reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary.
What is the Tooth Extraction Process?
Is Tooth Extraction Painful?
Each patient is different. Generally, due to the amount of anesthesia used, there isn’t much pain. The discomfort comes with pressure used and keeping your mouth open.
After the tooth is extracted dentist normally ask you to take over-the-counter medicine to help with pain and reduce the swelling.
Tooth Extraction for Children & Babies
There are some instances when child or baby needs to have teeth removed or extracted. There are common reasons for this. The most usual cases are:
The baby tooth doesn’t fall out, but the permanent adult tooth starts to come out (aka over-retained baby tooth).
- Need to prepare and manage spacing of the teeth to begin seeing an orthodontist.
- Baby teeth are too badly damaged and cannot be repaired. This can be caused by an injury or dental disease.
- Cavities have decayed the child’s tooth and it’s too late to restore and save the tooth.