Maintaining good oral health is important for preventing problems and preserving the natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there are times when extraction of a tooth is necessary. In such situations, extracting a problem tooth can safeguard your oral health by preventing the spread of infection. At Esthetic Enhancement, Dr. Anthony Marengo Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik are your Olathe family dentists for tooth extractions.
Reasons for Extraction
An extraction can be needed for several reasons. For instance, extraction of an infected tooth that is beyond restoration or repair will alleviate any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity previously caused by the infection. Extraction will also stop the infection from spreading to other teeth and infecting them, which could lead to the need for additional extractions. Your Olathe family dentist can determine if an extraction is needed in your case. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- A severely infected tooth
- A tooth severely damaged by an oral injury
- An impacted wisdom tooth that will not erupt
- Overcrowded teeth without enough space
- Deciduous (baby) teeth that have not fallen out on their own
The procedure for extracting a tooth is fairly straightforward. First, an x-ray will be taken so the dentist can examine the root of the affected tooth. This is important because an oddly positioned root can present a challenge to easily extracting the tooth. When this is known in advance, the dentist can make adjustments based on the positioning of the root so the tooth can be readily extracted.
Once the dentist is ready to extract your tooth, a local anesthesia will be applied to the area of the extraction site. The anesthesia helps minimize discomfort by numbing the area. A mild sedative can also be administered to help you relax during the procedure. Once the problem tooth has been extracted, the area will be stitched closed. Within one to two weeks, the are should be completely healed.
Tooth extraction is sometimes a necessary part of maintaining optimal oral health by eliminating unhealthy teeth and preventing the spread of infection to healthy ones. To find out if you might need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, or Dr. Kolarik, your Olathe, KS, family dentists, by calling Esthetic Enhancement at (913) 829-9222.