Extractions are performed for a number of reasons, but some of the most common include the following:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Supernumerary teeth (extra teeth) which are blocking other teeth from coming in
- Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Teeth which cannot be restored
- Fractured teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
For the most part, an extraction is a straightforward procedure and is usually performed quickly while the patient is awake. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to eliminate pain and make the patient as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Simple extractions are commonly performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthetic.
Some teeth are more difficult to remove depending on the position and the shape of the roots, and the condition of the tooth structure.
Surgical extractions usually involve the removal of teeth under a general anesthetic. Teeth that require a surgical extraction are not easily accessible, for a couple different reasons. These teeth have broken below the gum line or they have not fully erupted. These cases are not commonly performed by your general dentist and are most likely referred to an oral surgeon recommenced by Bissell Dental Group.
Dr. Bissell and his Denver dental team are happy to discuss extractions and tooth replacement options. Options will vary on a case-by-case basis. Contact The Bissell Dental Group today to find the best solution for your lifestyle.