No one ever wants to have a tooth removed, but extraction is more common than you might think. Whether it’s due to injury, decay, or simple genetic factors, there may come a time when you, too, need tooth removal. Your oral surgeon at Piney Point OMS, Dr. Steve L. Koo, performs comfortable, efficient tooth extractions when they are needed to protect oral and overall health. Learn more about why removal is sometimes necessary, and how the procedure works, below.
Top Reasons for Tooth Removal
There are a number of factors that could cause someone to need a tooth removal. Some are beyond your control, while others, like removal that is necessary due to severe decay or injury, are most likely preventable.
Some of the most common reasons why a patient may need a tooth removal include…
- Removal of one or more crowded teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment.
- Teeth that are too decayed to save through root canal therapy.
- Impacted, infected, or otherwise problematic wisdom teeth.
- Teeth in a zone where radiation for cancer treatment will occur.
- Baby teeth that are blocking the eruption of permanent teeth in children.
If you need to have one or more teeth removed, Dr. Koo will thoroughly communicate to you what’s going on in your mouth to ensure you fully understand why extraction is the best option for your oral health and wellbeing.
Wisdom Teeth: The Most Common Extraction
The most commonly removed teeth are definitely the wisdom teeth, or the third molars that may or may not erupt in late adolescence and early adulthood. There is rarely enough room in the gum line to support these extra molars, and crowding of the other teeth may occur as a result. Problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) can develop, too, like a painful, clicking jaw. When the teeth cannot fully emerge from the gum line, they are likely to become impacted, or trapped beneath the gum tissue. Infection usually occurs as a result of impaction.
Procedure for a Tooth Extraction
There are two ways to remove a tooth: with a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are possible when the tooth is more or less healthy and has erupted smoothly through the gums. A surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth has not emerged or has broken off at the gum line. Most wisdom tooth removals are surgical procedures.
Surgical tooth extractions are performed by your oral surgeon. Local anesthesia numbs your jaw and removes pain at the extraction site. Sedation is also available for your complete comfort. Recovery from a surgical procedure is longer than with a simple extraction. Patients are advised to rest, relax, and maintain a soft foods diet right at first. Follow post-op instructions and visit your oral surgeon for scheduled follow-up appointments and you should heal without a hitch.
Need Tooth Removal? Schedule an Appointment Today
If you suspect you need to have a tooth removed, oral surgery in Houston is comfortable and efficient when performed by Dr. Koo. Schedule an appointment at Piney Point OMS today!