Extractions | Nottingham Dental

Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary for your overall health. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of extractions at Nottingham Dental clinic in Katy, TX.

Extractions

No matter how well you maintain your oral health, teeth extractions are sometimes necessary for your overall health. Most dental clinics try their best to treat your issues while preserving your teeth. But sometimes, teeth extractions are the only way to go.

Tooth extraction is a procedure in which the dentist removes a tooth or several teeth from their socket surgically. This is done for various reasons. You may have to get wisdom teeth removed, you may need a tooth extraction because of overcrowding, to accommodate braces, to prevent a bacterial infection from spreading, or for various other reasons. The reasons for tooth extractions may be medical or cosmetic.

Nottingham Dental is one of the best clinics for extractions and oral surgery. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of extractions at Katy, TX.

Tooth Extractions Procedure

The following is an overview of the steps involved in the different types of tooth extraction procedures.

Simple Tooth Extraction Procedure

  • With anesthesia, the dentist numbs your mouth and teeth before the procedure.
  • The dentist loosens the affected tooth using a special tool.
  • Once the tooth is loosened, the dentist pulls it out with forceps.

Surgical Tooth Extraction Procedure

  • Local anesthesia is used to numb your mouth and teeth and intravenous anesthesia is used to calm you down.
  • In case you have some other conditions, the dentist may use general anesthesia to put you to sleep.
  • The dentist creates an incision on your gums above the affected tooth and removes the underlying bone tissues.
  • The affected tooth comes loose and the dentist removes it.
  • The dentist sutures up the wound on the gums and lets it heal.

Surgical tooth extraction is only done if you’re suffering from impacted teeth and if they can’t be removed simply.

Causes for Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction may be necessary or desirable for various reasons. While the possible reasons for extractions are too numerous to list out completely, the following is an overview of the most common reasons for extractions.

  • Dental Decay

    Dental decay is one of the most common reasons for tooth extractions to preserve your overall health. If you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene or if you skip your dental deep cleaning appointments, food particles may get stuck between your teeth or gums. These food particles eventually turn into a sticky white substance called plaque, which eventually hardens into a substance called tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to bacterial infection, which eventually leads to the formation of cavities your teeth. If you go to a dentist promptly, the dentist can simply fill up the cavities with dental fillings and you won’t need tooth extraction. However, if you don’t go to the dentist immediately, the dental decay may spread to the pulp chamber of your teeth and perhaps even the root of your tooth. When that happens, the rest of your teeth and your gums are also at risk of decay and the bacteria may soon spread into your bloodstream, which can lead to various other medical conditions. When that happens, the dentist can’t treat the bacterial infection with dental fillings or root canal — in that case, tooth extraction is necessary. The dentist will have to remove the teeth and treat the bacterial infection to prevent it from spreading. If you want to avoid this, you should go for regular dental deep cleaning sessions.

  • Braces

    Braces are worn for orthodontic procedures to straighten misaligned teeth. While tooth extraction isn’t always necessary to get braces, it may be necessary for some special circumstances. Some people have misaligned teeth because they have small jaws or because of overcrowding of teeth in their mouth. In this case, the dentist may have to remove some of your teeth so the orthodontic procedure works and your teeth can be straightened out.

  • Wisdom Tooth Extraction

    Wisdom teeth or third molars often come out later in your life, sometimes even in your mid-20s. When your third molars come out later in life, they may disrupt the arrangement of teeth already present and lead to overcrowding or other issues. They can also lead to impacted growth, dental decays, and other dental problems. When this happens, you should visit your dentist to figure out the correct course of action. They may recommend tooth extraction to remove the wisdom teeth and protect your existing teeth.

  • Other Reasons

    These are some other reasons you may need tooth extractions:

    • Fixing overbite issues.
    • Fixing issues related to malocclusion.
    • Extracting baby teeth so the permanent teeth can come out properly.
    • Preventing infections that may occur due to organ transplants.

Tooth Extractions Q&A

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Permanent tooth extraction should always be done after consulting the dentist. However, if you want to remove your child’s baby tooth, you can do so yourself. The following steps show you how to remove baby teeth manually:

  • Ask the child to constantly keep wiggling the loosened tooth either with their tongue or their fingers. 
  • Get the child to bite on something cold like ice pop. This will numb the area so you can remove the tooth without hurting them.
  • Hold the affected tooth with clean antiseptic gauze and pull at it to remove it manually. You should only do this when the baby tooth is already loosened and hanging by a thread.

The cost of tooth extraction depends on whether you go for simple or surgical extraction and the location of the tooth to be extracted. Simple tooth extraction cost ranges from $75 to $200 whereas surgical tooth extraction cost ranges from $800 to $4,000.

Schedule your Tooth Extraction Appointment

Nottingham Dental is the best oral surgery clinic in Katy, TX. We offer a wide range of dentistry and surgical options but our goal is always to treat your dental condition with minimally invasive procedures. For more information, please schedule your tooth extraction appointment.