A tooth extraction, or exodontia, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Reasons for this treatment include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Impacted wisdom teeth
When are tooth extractions recommended?
There are several reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Some teeth are extracted because of various reasons, such as severe decay or infection, periodontal disease, or an irreparable fracture. Some teeth are extracted because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
When a tooth has deep decay, there may not be enough tooth structure left to hold a filling. In these cases, we may recommend a dental extraction. Extractions are common procedures, and with our gentle touch, we’re sure you’ll be comfortable during your procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used for tooth extractions?
Local anesthesia is used for tooth extractions. Local anesthesia numbs the area where the extraction is taking place.
What type of restoration is available for the extracted tooth?
There are many different types of restorations available. In most cases, the replacement tooth will be an implant, crown, or bridge.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to keep the replacement tooth or bridge in place. Dental implants are permanent and require surgery to place them.
A fixed bridge is a dental appliance that is permanently cemented into place. The bridge is custom-made and is permanently secured to the natural teeth that surround the space.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.