In some cases, a tooth may be badly damaged and rendered hopeless. Whether this is the result of tooth decay, injury, or disease, a dental extraction may be necessary to remove it. This is a relatively common procedure that can be performed with little difficulty or pain. To learn more about getting a tooth extracted in McAllen, TX, contact Dr. John Tan today.
What is a tooth extraction?
Teeth can become damaged for many reasons. In some cases, tooth decay, injury, or disease can be so severe as to ruin the functionality of a tooth and its support system. This usually means that a tooth extraction is necessary so a prosthetic tooth can be put in place. If the tooth is not extracted, it can cause discomfort or spread infection to other areas of the mouth, jaw, or face.
How does it work?
There are two main types of tooth extractions for different circumstances: a simple tooth extraction and a surgical tooth extraction. A simple extraction is performed when the tooth is visible and can be easily accessed. It may need to be removed because of tooth decay, injury, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. During the procedure, Dr. Tan will hold the tooth with forceps and move it back and forth until it is loose enough to be pulled from the socket.
A surgical extraction is used when a tooth has broken off at or below the gum line or has not fully erupted. Dr. Tan will need to cut and pull back a portion of the gum tissue to gain access to the tooth. Once it becomes visible, the tooth can be extracted.
Am I a candidate?
A dental extraction is a viable solution for the following conditions:
- Severe infection or tooth decay
- Severe gum disease
- Orthodontic treatment
- Broken tooth
- Fractured root
While sometimes necessary, a dental extraction is considered as a last resort when a tooth can no longer be saved. To find out if you are a candidate for a necessary extraction, contact Dr. Tan and schedule your consultation today!