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Single Tooth Extraction: Why It May Be an Option and What to Expect

By markplatt on October 28, 2014


A man in a scarf outdoorsWe at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates pride ourselves on excellent care and detailed patient education. This is why so many patients in and around the greater Montgomery, Prattville, and Troy areas have visited our practice for their advanced dental care needs. When oral surgery needs to be performed for dental emergencies and restorative dentistry needs, we will be here for you.

Sometimes multiple teeth need to be extracted, while other times just one tooth may be the cause of all of your troubles. Let's take a moment right now to consider the latter and what you can expect during a single tooth extraction.

Single Tooth Extraction for Severe Decay or Damage

When you have a tooth that has suffered substantial decay or has been severely damaged in an accident of some kind, there may not be enough remaining tooth structure to support a dental restoration. Rather than attempt to save a severely damaged or decayed tooth, sometimes it makes more sense simply to remove it.

Single Tooth Extraction for Infection

The infection of the interior pulp chamber of a tooth can be quite serious. A root canal is often the solution to address the infection and save the tooth, but if the infection has spread, it may not be ideal to save the tooth. In such cases, the ideal option is extraction of the infected tooth to relieve pain and prevent further spread of the infection.

Single Tooth Extraction for Advanced Gum Disease

The most serious stage of gum disease (advanced periodontitis) can lead to gum recession, extreme swelling of the gums, and an unsightly appearance to your smile. In addition, you teeth may become loose. Sometimes the gum disease is so serious that a tooth simply cannot remain in place, requiring an extraction to be performed.

Single Tooth Extraction for Extreme Dental Crowding

Major tooth crowding can result in pain, tooth grinding, and difficulty speaking and eating. Sometimes braces alone won't get the job done. Your orthodontist may require a tooth to be removed in cases of severe crowding so that your dental alignment can then be addressed.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Single-tooth extraction is usually performed using local anesthetic only. General anesthetic can be used for certain patients and in certain circumstances of single-tooth extraction. The oral surgeon will usually need to remove some of the gum tissue to help in the tooth removal. If a tooth is very difficult to remove, the oral surgeon may have to break the tooth into separate pieces, making the entire process much easier.

Following the tooth extraction, it's important that patients get a lot of rest. They should each soft foods and ideally keep all foods and beverages away from the tooth gap if possible. Straws should be avoided since the suction created from the use of a straw can lead to sutures coming loose and the undoing of the blood clot in the tooth gap.

Full pre-op and post-op instructions will be provided to patients during the consultation process so they have a full understanding of the surgical process.

Learn More About Oral Surgery and Tooth Extraction

For more information about tooth extraction and your many options available for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our advanced oral surgery centers today. The entire team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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