Did You Know That Extractions Are Traumatic to Your Mouth?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi
We need our teeth to chew, talk, and smile and for many other things. While good oral hygiene and regular visits with our dentists help you to maintain your beautiful smile, sometimes dental issues do present themselves and if a crown, root canal or other procedure is not successful in fixing the problem, an extraction may be required.
Tooth Extraction and Trauma
Tooth extraction can be traumatic to your entire mouth. Everything is affected, from the gums to the surrounding tissue and at times, even the surrounding teeth. Sometimes, an extraction involves nothing more than simply gently wiggling the tooth loose in its socket and removing it. This does cause some minor irritation and swelling of the gum tissue, but overall, it's relatively simple.
If the extraction is more complicated, it may require more work to remove the tooth and this can cause more trauma to the mouth. In some cases, the gum tissue may need to be cut to remove the tooth. In other cases, removing part of the bone may be required to fully remove the tooth. Both of these scenarios require additional care during and after the tooth extraction to help you recover from the trauma left behind.
Tooth extraction is something that our office does not take lightly, and if your tooth can be saved by any other means, we encourage you to attempt that first. Maintaining all of your natural teeth is always the better option, however, we do recognize that it is not always possible to do so.
Please give our office a call right away if you sustain an injury to your teeth or if you have an infected tooth that you think may need to be extracted. We will get you in as soon as possible and help you find the best option for your oral health. We look forward to working with you!