Cases That Call for Oral Surgery & Dental Extractions
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your dentist may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or dental implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth. When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist will assess whether or not it’s a procedure that can be done in-house.
The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed/extracted, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
In cases that call for oral surgery and dental extractions, Hawkins Family Dentistry can help provide the optimal course of action. Our practice offers a wealth of resources and expertise in oral surgery and dental extractions, and we have helped many patients seek the relief they’re needing.
If you feel you are a candidate for oral surgery or a dental extraction, inquire with our dental office in Gainesville, Georgia by calling (770)-285-8376, or contact us online.