Extraction (Teeth Removal)
& Bone Graft
While the preservation of your teeth is always the main goal, there are certain situations where your teeth must be removed for your health. Impaction is one of those situations. Impaction occurs when an erupting tooth is unable to break through the gum tissue, and is most commonly associated with wisdom teeth.
There are four types of Impaction:
- Horizontal: The molar lies horizontally below the gum line and pushes into the adjacent molar
- Vertical: The molar lies vertically, almost normal orientation, below the gum line
- Angular: The molar lies at an angle, usually point towards the back of the mouth
- Partial: The molar has partially erupted from the gum line but is now stuck
Let's dive in to see how extraction work...
Why get an extraction?
If you have an impacted tooth, most likely you will experience pain, sudden sensitivity in the surrounding teeth, and your gums will be swollen. These will only continue to progress if the tooth remains impacted. Furthermore, impacted teeth can possibly cause an abscess or infection to form. Extraction removes the affected tooth and allows your mouth the heal from the trauma of impaction.
The tooth extraction process
The first step in the tooth extraction process is to make you comfortable. You will be sedated and anesthetized so you feel no pain during the procedure. Then, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum to reach the impacted tooth. Specialized tools will be used to loosen and extract the tooth from the gum line. Then, the incision will be closed with sutures and gauze will be placed on the sutures. You will begin to wake up and then will be able to go home.