Tooth Extraction

Dentist Long Beach 9 Tooth Extraction

What are Tooth Extractions?

Extracting teeth — or having a tooth pulled, as it’s commonly said — is a common dental procedure. Except for wisdom teeth, it should only be done as a last resort, with every effort made to save the tooth with a root canal or other procedures. However, when necessary, tooth extraction can have a positive impact on oral health.

The most common tooth removal procedure is the removal of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are molars in the back of the mouth that are the last adult teeth to erupt. Unfortunately, many people’s mouths don’t have room for them.

Pulling Wisdom Teeth

If a wisdom tooth fails to erupt, it is described as “impacted,” and can result in the following problems:

  • Pain and discomfort: Impacted wisdom teeth can push against other teeth, causing ongoing pain and discomfort.
  • Decay: If wisdom teeth only have room to partially emerge from the gum, there is a high risk of tooth decay.
  • Overcrowding: Partially emerged wisdom teeth can crowd the rest of the teeth, pushing them out of alignment.
  • Gum disease or infection: Impacted wisdom teeth can encourage the build-up of bacteria that leads to gum disease or infection.

Other Reasons for Tooth Removal

Because of all these potential problems, preventative extraction of wisdom teeth has become common to avoid potential problems. If you still have your wisdom teeth, it’s recommended to have a dentist take a look to see if they could be problematic or not.

There are other reasons for removing teeth, including if a tooth is damaged, decaying, infected, or crowding other teeth. In most cases, removing a tooth calls for a simple extraction in which we loosen and pull the tooth out. There are some instances where removing the tooth requires an incision into the gum, in which case we need to administer general anesthesia to complete the procedure.


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