Some dental emergencies leave teeth so badly damaged that they must be removed. In these cases, extraction should be performed as soon as possible so that further problems can be prevented. Fortunately, tooth extraction is an easy procedure to tolerate thanks to local anesthesia and sedation options. Below is more about the use of tooth extractions in emergency cases at our Houston dental office.
How Emergency Extractions Become Necessary
Restoration is usually preferred for damaged teeth when feasible, but damage that is too extensive can make repair impossible. For example, teeth with too little structure left may not be able to support fillings, inlays or onlays in the long term. Teeth that have been repaired multiple times in the past may also be deemed irreparable. In some cases, patients may prefer emergency dental extraction over alternatives in order to save money.
The Extraction Procedure
Emergency dental extraction is often a simple, straightforward procedure but can become more complex depending on the tooth, how it is situated and how badly it is damaged. In simple cases, tooth extraction basically involves loosening the tooth from its socket and pulling it out with forceps, which are similar to pliers. More complicated cases may require breaking the tooth into pieces, then removing the pieces individually. The latter scenario may arise when a tooth is broken off or when the crown is mostly embedded beneath the gums.
Options for Tooth Replacement
Missing teeth increase risks of tooth decay and gum disease and can affect appearance, so many patients opt for tooth replacement after emergency dental extraction. Multiple options are available depending on eligibility and goals. Although dental implants are the preferred option for their realistic appearance and permanence, patients also may replace missing teeth with dental bridges or dentures.
Extractions are rarely the first treatment of choice when teeth are damaged, but they offer effective results when necessary. Because emergency dental extraction is performed under anesthesia, patients can relax knowing that they will be comfortable throughout the procedure. At a consultation with our Houston dentist, patients can learn more about the use of extractions in emergency dentistry.
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