Most people only go to the dentist when their toothache is so bad that painkillers and home remedies don’t help anymore. Though the patient may experience pain relief for a while, it is important to know that once the tooth starts to hurt, it does not go away on its own. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so that it can be examined. Ultimately, tooth extraction is the solution.
Why may teeth need to be removed? When is tooth extraction necessary?
If dental diseases are recognized in time (e.g. inflammation in the teeth, periapical inflammation) can be cured in many cases. Over time, however, a damaged, inflamed tooth can often no longer be saved by dental specialists, leaving no choice but to remove teeth.
Teeth extraction is most important when:
If there is extensive inflammation or a loose tooth occurs
In case the tooth root is damaged, and cannot be saved by other treatment.
If the tooth crown is broken due to a greater degree of tooth decay and no fillings or other dental treatments can be used.
If root canal treatment wouldn’t help
If aesthetically and functionally detrimental teeth are present in the oral cavity (e.g. protruding teeth or crooked teeth)
Tooth extraction explained
Dental removal is always preceded by a thorough dental examination and x-ray. Based on the x-ray, the dental specialist will decide if a simple tooth extraction or surgery is necessary for the permanent removal of the tooth.
TIP: It is important for the patient to eat before the treatment, as after the anesthetic injection they should not eat for as long as the numbness lasts (about 3-4 hours).
Simple tooth extraction
A simple tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia. The doctor will first loosen the tooth and then remove it by using forceps. If an inflamed tooth needs to be pulled out, the inflamed tissue in the wound cavity should also be removed. After that, you need to keep gauze on the area with some pressure (biting) for approximately 30 minutes.
Surgical tooth extraction
In many cases, teeth cannot be removed by a simple tooth extraction. Such cases include:
in case of impacted teeth
if the X-ray shows that the root of the tooth is strongly curved,
if in an upper tooth the root tips are too close to the sinus, and there’s a possibility of the sinuses being harmed