Simple Tooth Extractions

Woman holding cheek due to tooth acheYour teeth have many important jobs. Along with eating and speaking, they provide you with a beautiful smile and help to maintain the health of your jawbone. While the teeth are strong, it is still possible for them to become damaged or decayed. Damage and decay not only affect the appearance of your smile but your oral health as well. Because the teeth are so important, we do everything we can to save damaged teeth. However, in the event of severe damage, saving the teeth may not be possible. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, we can remove damaged teeth by performing an extraction. Many of the extractions we perform are simple extractions.

The Effects of Damaged Teeth

When your teeth have been damaged, getting treatment immediately is important. Even minor damage can develop into something more significant if it is not addressed. Damage that extends past the enamel of the teeth can allow bacteria into the inner layers of the affected tooth. Once inside, the bacteria begin multiplying and attacking the pulp of the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe pain. Bacteria can also begin spilling out through the root of the tooth. When this happens, a sac forms around them in an attempt to stop their spread. This sac is called a dental abscess. Without treatment, the abscess continues to grow and can even rupture. Bacteria can then enter into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body.

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

In the event of tooth damage, we perform a thorough oral exam. This exam includes a visual exam as well as dental x-rays and allows us to determine the extent of the damage and the best treatments for you. The preferred solution for treating damaged teeth is to restore them, giving you back your smile and protecting your oral health. However, if the damage is too severe, the tooth may not be able to be saved. This results in the need for extraction and replacement. Common reasons a tooth needs to be extracted include:
•  Cracked teeth where the cracks travel below the gumline. The cracks may start in the crown and go below the gums, or they may be completely below the gums.
•  Teeth that are split completely in half.
•  Teeth that are shattered, and therefore unable to support a crown.
•  Severe tooth decay.
•  Overcrowding. Overcrowding affects your smile as well as your oral health. To treat the issue, orthodontic treatment is performed. In some cases, one or more teeth may need to be extracted so that orthodontic treatment can provide the best results possible.

How is a Simple Tooth Extraction Performed?

As the name suggests, simple tooth extraction is a fairly straightforward procedure. We perform the extraction under a local anesthetic, which helps to ensure that you feel no pain. We then use a tool called an elevator to separate the gums and the periodontal ligament from the tooth. We then use forceps to grip the tooth and move it back and forth to widen the periodontal ligament further. Once the tooth is loose enough, it is lifted free. After the tooth has been removed, gauze is placed to help stop the bleeding. If necessary, stitches can be placed. Once you have healed, the extracted tooth can then be replaced.

Call to schedule your consultation

While saving damaged teeth is always preferable, it is not always possible. For more information on simple extractions, and to schedule your appointment, call Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC today at 503-620-2020.

11820 SW King James Pl Ste. 40
Tigard, OR 97224-2481

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