Extractions are only performed out of necessity. Our staff at Dentistry with Smiles takes the removal of teeth very seriously. Extractions are used to improve a patient's bite, to remove impacted teeth, or to remove an extremely decayed tooth that is beyond repair. Dr. Ullsmith understands how important your teeth are to your overall oral health. Working together, we can discuss your options and weigh the best course of action, which for some patients will include the extraction of a single or multiple teeth.
When should I have my tooth extracted?
Extractions are done when it is in the best interest of the patient for their oral health. Dr. Ullsmith will perform an examination, which may include digital x-rays, to review and diagnose your dental health. In most situations, there are three main categories that we may discuss the removal of a tooth. These categories include:
A dental extraction can be performed as either a simple extraction or as a surgical extraction. A simple extraction can quickly turn into a surgical extraction.
A simple extraction means that the tooth is entirely intact and fully extended, it is not impacted. Once the patient is numbed, Dr. Ullsmith can loosen the ligaments that hold the tooth root in the socket using a dental tool called an elevator, or extraction forceps. Wiggling the ligaments from the root, Dr. Ullsmith can lift the tooth from the socket. The process is not known for being easy on the patient but should be fast.
A surgical extraction is done when the tooth is broken, severely decayed, or impacted. Surgical means that the tooth extraction will require some cuts to remove the entire tooth. In many cases, the tooth is removed piece by piece. This process can be uncomfortable but is done because it is best for the patient’s health.
If you have questions about an extraction, our front office staff is here to assist you. Contact us at (360) 312-3187 for more information.