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Can a dentist pull out teeth? At what point is pulling teeth out no-longer an option for a dentist? What are some of the factors that leave the dentist with no option but to pull out your tooth? We take a look at tooth extraction and all you need to know about the entire process.
Although pulling out a tooth is the last thing any dentist wants to do, sometimes they are left with no option to pull out a tooth or multiple teeth. A lot of dentists make pulling out teeth the last option in their treatment because natural teeth are the most ideal in carrying out day to day activities and are very comfortable as well. Here are some of the many reasons when the dentist resolves to pulling out your tooth and replacing it;
Common reasons why dentists pull out natural adult teeth
Large cracks caused by traumatic injuries or biting into hard foods, can result in the tooth needing to be pulled out. This is the case if the crack is large enough to extend to the root and causes unbearable pain. If the gap is not large enough though, the dentist will always try and repair it by refilling the gaps left behind by the crack.
This is the most common cause of dentists pulling out adult teeth. Extensive dental decay causes unbearable pain and if the decay has affected the pulp of the tooth, the damage is usually irreversible and the dentist is left with no option but to uproot the tooth.
Sometimes, teeth are affected by serious infections which affect the sensitive inner parts of the teeth. To prevent the spread of such infections to neighboring teeth and to gums, the dentist is left with no option but to uproot the infected tooth.
Overcrowded and misaligned teeth are not very appealing to the eye and can be health hazards. Individuals suffering from dental malocclusions looking to achieve more attractive, straight smiles consult cosmetic dentists who have to pull out the extra or misaligned teeth. The dentist can choose to replace the missing teeth or completely remove them without replacing them- it all depends on what the patient is suffering from.
Now that we have seen the most common reasons why dentists pull out teeth, it is important to take a look at the actual process of pulling out teeth. How is tooth extraction done? It the process painful?
How tooth extraction is done
The entire tooth extraction process is painless. To ensure that this is the case, the dentist first numbs the tooth by anesthetizing the target tooth and the tissue surrounding it. By injecting a local anesthetic at the base of the tooth, the dentist numbs the tooth making all the subsequent procedures painless.
Once the tooth is numb, the dentist uses special elevators and extraction forceps to expand the tooth’s socket and separate the tooth from the anchoring ligament. Once the tooth is free, the dentist uses the forceps to pull the tooth out. After the tooth is extracted, the dentist will need to keep the open wound clean to reduce the risk of infection. The wound will be given time to heal before the dentist can think about replacements.
What next after the dentist pulls out the tooth? What are some of the available replacements? Here is a look at the most common replacements that a dentist can use to replace extracted teeth.
Replacements for extracted teeth
Depending on the reason behind the extraction of a tooth, there are very many replacements available to replace the extracted teeth. Here are some of the most viable replacements available in dentists’ offices;
Arguably the most effective replacement for an uprooted tooth, dental implants mimic both the functionality and aesthetics of a natural tooth. Implants are small titanium posts placed in gums to act as artificial roots to anchor new prosthetics.
These are removable artificial teeth made from special materials which mimic the look of teeth and are mostly for aesthetic reasons. A lot of the dentures are removable and cannot be used for things like chewing. When used together with implants though, the dentures can be fully used as normal teeth.
When two or more teeth are extracted, then a dentist can opt to use a dental bridge to replace the missing teeth. The bridges are fixed on top of a dental implant and are therefore permanent. They look and act like natural teeth.
Should you be scared of getting your tooth pulled out?
Gone are the days when people dreaded getting their teeth pulled out! The procedure is nowadays safe and painless. To top it off, there are very many viable options which you can use to replace the extracted teeth.
If you need more information on dental extraction and its perks, give us a call here at Vita Dental Spring or visit our offices and we will gladly be of help.
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