Tooth Extractions For Pain Management
At Greashaber Dentistry, we never take the extraction of a tooth lightly. Research has shown that it is far more beneficial to keep natural teeth whenever possible. We will always recommend a restorative approach as a first option. However, there are circumstances when extraction may be necessary. Our team can evaluate your needs and discuss varying options to improve your pain management and oral health, which may include the extraction or removal of a tooth.
In decades past, it was much more common to have teeth simply yanked when they became problematic. It’s a fast and seemingly less expensive option. The problem is, in many circumstances, other problems arise. Missing teeth, whether from tooth loss or extraction, leave room for neighboring teeth to roam, which adjusts the bite, causes bone atrophy and can cause changes in speech, diet, and wear on the remaining teeth. The extraction of a tooth should always be completed with a plan.
We may recommend the removal of a tooth when the tooth is:
Extraction of a Tooth
There are two main ways to extract a tooth, non-surgical and surgical. A non-surgical extraction is completed using an elevating tool designed to help lift the tooth out of the socket and then forceps to pull it fully out. If a tooth is difficult to reach, fractured, or otherwise compromised, we will want to remove it using a surgical extraction. We remove teeth surgically by first quartering the tooth and then making small cuts in the tissue to remove the pieces. This is followed by a few sutures in the tissue.
For more information on dental extractions, contact our Ann Arbor office at (734) 662-1113.