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When Does a Tooth Require a Surgical Extraction?

Posted on 8/23/2021 by Palisades Surgical Arts
When Does a Tooth Require a Surgical Extraction?Sometimes we need to remove a tooth while other times it can be saved. The following information gives you further details about when an extraction is advisable.

Impacted Teeth and Wisdom Teeth

In cases where teeth are impacted, the patient may experience severe dental pain. This happens because the tooth pushes on the flash and surrounding teeth. Usually, the pain is sharp, radiating over the affected site. If you chew anything, the pain may even worsen. That is because you are placing pressure on the tooth, which extraction will resolve. We will also remove the impacted and non-impacted wisdom teeth, as they can cause future problems with crowding, pain, and decay. Given their location in the very back of the mouth, they really do not serve any real useful purpose.

Jaw Stiffness and Pain

Jaw stiffness and pain also can be attributed to severe tooth decay or damage, or an infection. Swelling on the gum line can trigger jaw pain. If you have gum disease, it may affect the mobility of the temporomandibular joint. In this instance, it is better to remove the tooth, as pain radiating from the tooth's roots will continue to cause gum swelling and discomfort.

Gum Infection and Severe Decay

If a gum infection has advanced to the point where a tooth cannot be saved, you will need to have the tooth removed. This is also true in advanced stages of decay. If the tooth has a great deal of decay present, it usually is better to extract it. You will not experience much discomfort if you need to have the tooth removed, as today's advanced and innovative procedures make removing a tooth almost pain-free. You should not experience any more pain than what you would note while getting a filling.

After an extraction, you will experience relief within the first 24 to 48 hours. It should take about two weeks for the surgery site to fully heal. If you believe you need a tooth extraction, we can answer your concerns. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and consultation.
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