Losing teeth is the norm when we are children. The baby teeth fall out on their own to make way for the permanent adult teeth. However, there are times when a dentist may need to remove a tooth manually. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we help Minot, ND, patients understand when it is necessary to remove a tooth through dental extraction and what to expect from the procedure. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are committed to providing simple and surgical extractions for those needing it.
What are some of the reasons why a tooth might be extracted?
Several situations may arise in which your dentist may tell you that a dental extraction procedure may be necessary. Below are a few of the more common causes of manual tooth removal:
- Tooth decay has reached the tooth’s pulp
- The tooth has suffered significant damage from a previous trauma
- A dental abscess is present
- There is extensive gum disease present
- The patient is suffering from a life-threatening infection
- The patient has cancer that has spread to their jaw
- Preparation for other treatments such as dentures or orthodontia
- Failed root canal therapy
What types of extractions can be performed?
Two types of extractions might be used to remove a tooth. First, a simple extraction is done when impaction is not a concern. A simple extraction may be performed if the tooth is above the gum line and accessible. This requires using a unique instrument to take hold of the tooth and remove it from the bone socket. A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth has been impacted and is stuck underneath the gum line. This requires the dentist to cut into the gums and remove the tooth from the jawbone. It is a more invasive procedure and does require a few days of recovery following the surgery.
How do I learn more about dental extractions?
At Broadway Family Dentistry of Minot, ND, we understand that you have many options for dental services in the community. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are here to help you determine the best solution for your unique needs. Call 701-839-1299 to request an appointment at our facility and speak to our team about dental extractions.