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You do your best to keep your teeth healthy. Your brush, you mouthwash, and you floss (you do floss, right?). But sometimes, our best efforts just aren’t enough to keep up with old man tooth decay. When a tooth is damaged beyond repair or when repair just isn’t a realistic option, the final step is extraction, or the complete removal of a tooth.
While tooth extraction has been practiced since the early days of civilization, thanks to modern technology and progress in medical science, the pain and discomfort that used to be associated with the process have been long eliminated.
Tooth extractions are very important because, in many observations made by dentists around the world, it has been seen that many oral infections or other oral problems could have been quite easily eliminated had a particular tooth been removed earlier. If you’ve got serious tooth pain or other severe dental problems, don’t let them progress. At Delaney Park Dental, we’ll conduct a full assessment to determine whether or not an extraction is actually necessary.
Tooth extractions are a basic dental procedure that is actually used for a multitude of reasons. A tooth is usually extracted when it is damaged and broken, making it essential that a professional is carrying out the procedure, as there are risks of damaging the nerves and muscles around the tooth if performed improperly.
Extractions are generally reserved for when the damage is considered irreparable even with other dental procedures like getting a crown. Here are some of the most common reasons for which we may suggest a tooth extraction:
Lack of Space– When an anatomical anomaly is observed, usually when a new tooth can’t grow properly in the right place due to excessive teeth around it.
Shark Teeth– When a baby tooth hasn’t been displaced naturally and needs to be forcefully removed to allow the new tooth to grow. These are often known as “shark teeth” because commonly the new teeth grow behind the baby teeth instead of beneath them, creating two distinct rows of teeth, like a shark’s.
For Other Procedures– In case of major oral surgery procedures like implants, dentures, and bridges where a single tooth might be preventing the surgeon from fitting a new set of false teeth or braces.
Weakened Teeth– If the teeth are weakened as a result of side effect of different prescription drugs or surgical procedures like chemotherapy.
Infection– If a tooth is the origin point for any oral infection.
Generally, when a tooth extraction is done, the dentist will require the patient to have recent X-ray from which he or she can determine the damage to the tooth and how it can be best handled. If you have other medical conditions, we may ask for information about these and any prescriptions you are taking in order to ensure there are no conflicting medical implications.
We’ll confirm a few important pieces of information through X-rays, such as the correlation of teeth with the sinus, any deformities preventing wisdom teeth from falling, the condition of the nerves around the jaw-bone, and more which helps us make a decisive decision regarding whether the tooth extraction should be carried out or not.
Based on these evaluations, the dentist can also prescribe pre-surgery medications to prevent any potential risks involved for the patient. This is usual for patients suffering from sensitive medical conditions or when dental health is especially poor and needs to be reinforced a bit before surgery. In the case of simple extractions, which are the most common extraction service people flock to dentists for, the doctor uses a tool called the elevator to loosen the target tooth and then use forceps to remove the tooth.
In the case of surgical extractions which are performed on broken or damaged teeth, the process becomes more complicated. This mainly involves making small incisions on the gums to loosen the teeth instead of doing it with the elevator.
A local anesthetic is applied before surgical extractions to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the process. For simple extractions, the pain is usually within a tolerable threshold so anesthetics are not often unnecessary.
Your post surgery care will depend on what exactly you had done. However, with any oral surgery, proper rest is always advised. Dr. Miles is your dentist and oral surgeon in Anchorage at Delaney Park Dental, and he will advise you on pain management and get you situated with the proper prescriptions when necessary.
If anything seems unusual about your situation, you can always contact our dental office and get in touch with someone who can give you proper instructions as well as letting you know if what you are experiencing is normal.
While it’s ultimately up to the dentist to decide whether you should get a tooth extraction or not, there are some early signs you should look out for. If you find yourself with the following symptoms, contact the staff at Delaney Park Dental to get to the root cause and determine if extraction is the right solution:
- There is swelling inside your mouth that has been continuing for a long time.
- A tooth feels loose all the time if you apply pressure on it.
- If you are suffering bleeding from your gums.
- Your wisdom tooth hasn’t popped out naturally in time .
- You’re having problems opening your mouth, chewing, or talking
- If your jaw hurts constantly.
Remember, these are also symptoms of some other dental problems, so the best course of action is to get an assessment from a highly-skilled professional who knows what to look for.
Many people have valid concerns about getting an extraction:
-They fear having a gap in their mouth.
-They worry what it will do their smile.
-They worry how it will affect their eating.
Remember, if a tooth needs to be extracted, the matter isn’t going to get any better by ignoring it. It’s just going to get worse. Another important thing to remember is that having a tooth extracted isn’t the end of healthy teeth.
From bridges to dental implants, there are plenty of options to make sure that your smile stays bright and that your teeth continue to function.
So at Delaney Park Dental, we understand how worrisome even thinking about losing one of your pearly whites can be. But we’ve been performing tooth extraction in Anchorage successfully for plenty of patients just like you.
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Dr. Todd Miles
Dr. Miles loves dentistry. Over his career he has found he is most passionate about Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Because of that, he has chosen to exclusively work with patients with those needs. He is fully committed to providing compassionate and meticulous dental care to you using the newest technology to provide this often-expensive treatment affordably. He understands that everyone has different needs.
It is important to Dr. Miles that you fully understand the pros and cons of all available treatment options, and he will help you find the best treatment possible.
On a more personal note, Dr. Miles enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and sons.
880 N St #301
Anchorage, AK 99501
Delaney Park Dental is located on N St #301 Anchorage We are located about 20 minutes from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (YOW). For additional questions, you can call us at (907) 276-7787 or you can find us on Yelp.
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