Many people will need a tooth extraction at some point in their lives. When decay, gum disease, or facial injuries damage teeth, they can sometimes be repaired and saved. In other cases, the only way to prevent further problems is to remove the tooth completely. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts at extracting problem teeth. Additionally, for patients who wish to replace their extracted teeth, our surgeons — Drs. Engel, R. Stern, Simos, and M. Stern — are all specialists in permanent tooth replacements such as dental implants.
Teeth extractions are some of the most common dental procedures patients see us for at Oral Surgery Group. If your dentist refers you to one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, or Middlesex, NJ, you can rest assured that your procedure will be performed by an experienced professional.
Why should I have a tooth extraction?
When treating dental problems and conditions, it is almost always best to save the natural tooth; however, sometimes it is impossible to save a tooth without risking additional damage to surrounding teeth and structures. Teeth that are severely infected may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading or causing other problems. Some conditions that can lead to an eventual extraction are listed below:
- Severe tooth decay. When restorative procedures, such as fillings and root canals, cannot save a tooth, an extraction is usually necessary to preserve your oral health. The infected tissue can reach deep into the roots of the tooth around nerves and blood vessels, making it easy for infection to spread to other tissues.
- Gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can cause severe tooth decay, tooth loosening, and other problems. Gum disease can cause the bone beneath the gums to become weaker, which leads to tooth loosening. Eventually, the affected tooth or teeth may need to be extracted.
- Dental crowding. Sometimes the teeth become crowded together because extra teeth develop in the mouth. Baby teeth that do not fall out in time can also cause problems. In these cases, extractions may clear the way for the adult teeth to grow into their natural positions.
- Tooth injuries. Most of the time, a cracked or chipped tooth is simple to repair. In some cases, when a tooth is severely damaged, there is no way to repair the tooth without potentially causing future complications. In such cases, most dental professionals will recommend an extraction and possibly a dental implant replacement.
Teeth Extractions at Oral Surgery Group
When you come to our office for a dental extraction, your surgeon will be happy to review your procedure with you, including discussing anesthesia and possible tooth replacement options. All oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to administer all forms of outpatient anesthesia, so your procedure will be completed in the safest manner possible. Your surgeon will also explain any post-operative care instructions before your procedure. Sometimes, infected or damaged teeth can be painful, and many patients feel relieved after finally having their extraction done. If you have any questions about the procedure, please give one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, or Middlesex, NJ, a call.