Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone of your jaw. If a tooth has been broken, damaged or decayed, and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth needs to be extracted.
Other reasons for tooth extraction may be:
• You may have extra teeth that are blocking the space and stopping other teeth from coming in.
• Your baby teeth won't fall out and your permanent teeth are coming in.
• Your mouth is crowded. People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved out of place.
• In many cases, wisdom teeth, also called third molars are the cause of the crowding and are often extracted either before or after they come in. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling.
• For medical reasons:
-You are receiving radiation to the head and neck and need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
-Cancer drugs may cause tooth infections because these drugs weaken the immune system.
-People with organ transplants have a high risk of infection because they must take drugs that decrease or suppress the immune system. Again, your teeth may become infected and need to be extracted.
Pear Tree Dental will do most uncomplicated tooth removals under local anesthesia. Conscious sedation using nitrous oxide gas may be offered to patients who have more complicated procedures. During your visit, we can discuss with you the options of topical and local anesthetic or nitrous oxide analgesia for pain free care. If general anesthetics are required, PearTree Dental will refer you to an oral surgeon. We will do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable when you receive any treatment in our office.