A dental tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth from the socket in the alveolar bone. The dental industry has made a concerted effort in the last few decades to take all measures possible to help you retain your natural teeth. With continued new technology advances, you now have many new ways of keeping your natural teeth clean and free of bacteria and decay. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, our teeth become infected and need to be treated right away.
Our extremely compassionate and caring team at DC Dental Spa are quite thorough when it comes to performing an exam on a sick tooth. We will use the latest in advanced technology available to us and along with our very friendly atmosphere will evaluate your situation to find the proper solution quickly. Call 202-333-9282 for your initial consultation and let us help you determine your best plan of action to treat a damaged tooth.
DC Dental Spa may recommend a root canal procedure which can retain the outer shell of your natural tooth but replace the inner pulp with a rubbery filling. Typically, this process can save your natural tooth aesthetically. In some cases, no matter how hard we try, an infected tooth or a severely damaged tooth simply needs to be extracted to save the health of the adjoining teeth and the jawbone that surrounds it.
Several Reasons for A Tooth Extraction
In the center of every one of our natural teeth, there is a soft, living tissue that is connected to the nerves of our tooth. This tissue is called the pulp of the tooth. When your tooth becomes damaged and the decay gets into the tooth’s pulp, the pulp then becomes infected. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged, it can cause some series toothaches and sharp pains in your tooth. Usually, this type of an infected tooth can be saved by us performing a root canal therapy.
A root canal therapy is a procedure in which we drill into the natural tooth and remove the infected pulp from the tooth. Once the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, it is filled with a composite filling and then sealed with either a resin or a dental crown. Every year millions of teeth are saved from extraction with root canal therapy.
When a root canal procedure cannot fix the infection and the tooth cannot be saved, the tooth must be extracted. The reason for a tooth extraction is to alleviate the pain you feel from the infection and to also stop the infection from reaching your jawbone.
- Decay or Trauma
Accidents unfortunately happen, and when an accident involves a tooth it can cause extreme pain from the trauma felt on your tooth. Usually, we can repair a damaged tooth by using a filling to fill in the cracks or fractures that were caused by the trauma. The cracks need to be filled to prevent any infection from both starting and spreading, and then to prevent any decay. If a filling will not work, we may use a dental crown.
A dental crown is used to cap or cover the entire the tooth. It is usually made of a ceramic, porcelain or a metal material that is used to cover the entire tooth from just above the gum line. Dental crowns are used to seal a tooth after a root canal procedure or to cover and protect a badly traumatized tooth. When neither of these options help prevent decay from spreading, the team at DC Dental Spa has no choice but to perform a tooth extraction to prevent further damage to the tooth and the surrounding teeth.
- Gum Disease
One of the leading causes of natural tooth loss, aside from infection, decay, or trauma, is periodontal disease. This is when there is an extreme amount of plaque or tartar build up around the gum line. When there is an aggressive amount of tartar build up around the teeth’s gum line, the gums start to pull away from the teeth creating pockets of empty space that also become infected. This is when you start to notice your gums have become extremely swollen and bleed often. If left untreated, the connectivity tissue that holds onto your teeth will start to lose its grip on your teeth because of the bacteria. In some cases, your teeth will start to loosen up on their own and we may need to extract them to avoid the discomfort and pain you may be feeling.
- Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually erupt in our late teens or early twenties. In some cases, wisdom teeth will grow in straight and do not shift teeth. However, in most cases, wisdom teeth erupt crooked and start pushing your other teeth in different directions, causing a misalignment. DC Dental Spa removes wisdom teeth on a regular basis, whether they have totally erupted or if they remain impacted underneath the gum line, we can remove them simply or surgically.
It is usually recommended to have your wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible. Even if your wisdom teeth are fully grown in and have caused you no issues, they may cause you trouble in the future as they are the hardest teeth to clean and they become more susceptible to infection in later years. Talk to the staff at DC Dental Spa about whether it may be time to remove your wisdom teeth.
How Is A Tooth Extracted?
- Simple Procedure
Using a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding areas, we will likely loosen your tooth and extract it easily using a dental tool called an elevator. This procedure is done when the tooth that needs to be extracted has grown well above the gum line for easy access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a clean extraction.
- Surgical Procedure
A surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure as it requires us to cut into the gum line to retrieve the tooth. This is usually needed during an impacted wisdom tooth extraction or if your tooth is broken well below the gum line. A local anesthetic will take away the discomfort felt during these types of extractions. We can also talk about additional sedation, such as Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas, to address your anxiety and calm your nerves before and during the procedure.
High Quality Care You Can Trust
At DC Dental Spa our downtown office we are well versed in these common issues and will work to accommodate your busy schedule. We share in the positive results you will achieve but also the gratification that comes with the ongoing development of lasting relationships with all our patients. We are very compassionate and thoughtful about exercising preventative overall dental health and delivering the enjoyment that comes with your healthy smile. Visit us today at DC Dental Spa, 730 24th St. NW, Suite 9, Washington, DC, 20037, or call 202-333-9282 for an evaluation and consultation if you are experiencing the symptoms of tooth damage and to see if we can save that natural tooth or if we must perform a tooth extraction.