Teeth extractions are a common surgical procedure that we may perform if you have teeth that are suffering from severe decay, crowding, or injury. There are two main types of teeth extraction: simple and surgical. We will take X-rays of your teeth to be able to identify which type of extraction is best.
The ease or difficulty of a tooth extraction depends on the tooth’s size, length, and roots, in addition to its location in the mouth. Simple tooth extractions are considered “simple” extractions because the tooth that is being extracted has a simple, straighter root shape and has a more convenient location in the mouth that allows for an easier removal.
Surgical extractions are generally performed on teeth that are harder to access in the mouth, or have not fully erupted through the gums. In most cases, surgical extractions require the doctor to make an incision or split the tooth into several sections to better facilitate its removal.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Third molars—also known as wisdom teeth—are typically the last permanent teeth that come in. Because of this, they often do not have enough room to grow in properly. When there is not enough space for the wisdom teeth to grow, they may become impacted—not able to fully erupt through the gum tissues and jawbone, or they may grow at an incorrect angle. This can lead to a range of dental problems, including:
- Tooth decay
- Infection/inflammation of the gums
- Cyst formation
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Teeth crowding
Wisdom teeth extractions can be performed so that you do not have to experience these dental problems over time.
Benefits of Teeth Extractions
- A tooth extraction will alleviate discomfort and pain the affected tooth causes while chewing or speaking.
- In cases in which patients may experience teeth crowding, teeth extractions will allow the remaining teeth room to spread out and prepare them for alignment with a chosen orthodontic treatment.
- Tooth extractions can be performed on wisdom teeth that have not grown in properly or are causing discomfort or crowding to resolve these issues.
- If a tooth is blocking the way for a permanent tooth to erupt properly, a tooth extraction will allow the permanent tooth to grow correctly.
- If a root canal treatment is not sufficient enough to save a severely decayed tooth, a tooth extraction will prevent the inflammation and infection from spreading further into the gums and adjacent teeth.
We invite you to contact Hermann Park Smiles at (713) 469-3261 if you have any questions about undergoing tooth extraction in Houston, Texas, or would like to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Sharel Sly. We would be happy to help you address your dental needs quickly and with the best possible methods.