Having a permanent tooth removed is an uncomfortable fact of life for many Americans, particularly when they get older. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the majority of the population will be missing at least 12 of their permanent teeth by the time they turn 55 years old.
However, undergoing an extraction does not have to be uncomfortable. At Amador Dentistry, we offer comprehensive care to individuals in and around Pompano Beach. An extraction can be completed in a single appointment using the proper anesthetic, but our dentist will do everything possible to restore the tooth before settling on extraction as the final option.
A dental extraction is colloquially known as when someone “has a tooth pulled.” It is done when a tooth has decayed or been damaged beyond restoration using measures like fillings, a root canal, or the application of a crown.
Our dentist completes the process by numbing your mouth and carefully loosening the tooth’s roots from the jawbone. It can then be pulled straight out, unless the tooth is impacted. When a tooth is impacted, it is trapped underneath a layer of gum tissue. In these situations, our dentist needs to slice through the gums and remove the tooth in pieces. The gums are then stitched and allowed to heal.
Extractions can be done for multiple reasons. Most people know about having a tooth removed to deal with damage and decay, but other times a tooth will need to be extracted include:
These situations often occur in younger patients as the adult teeth start to come in. Around 1 in 10 adults will also need to have their wisdom teeth, the final set of molars, removed in their early 20s. This is done to reduce pain caused by overcrowding and impaction.
If you or a loved one is struggling with dental pain, a damaged tooth, or overcrowding, all you have to do is schedule an appointment with Amador Dentistry in Pompano Beach. Our dentist will first examine the situation, and can then tell you whether or not extraction is necessary to preserve oral health.