Tooth Extractions

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Modern dental technology and techniques mean that you’re less likely to need teeth extractions because of disease or damage. If you do need an extraction, however, the skilled dental team at Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, has considerable experience in carrying out teeth extractions, including those needed to correct overcrowding or remove impacted teeth. Call Gentle Dental Care to find out more or to schedule a consultation.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

What are teeth extractions?

Teeth extractions involve the removal of one or more of your teeth. Extractions are sometimes necessary when you have:

  • Serious tooth decay
  • Broken teeth
  • Non-restorable teeth
  • Infected teeth
  • Severe gum disease
  • Teeth overcrowding
  • Impacted teeth

Your dentist at Gentle Dental Care always makes every effort to save your teeth where possible, but in some cases, teeth extractions are unavoidable.

Many of the reasons why you might need teeth extractions are preventable if you follow a good oral hygiene program. Tooth decay, infections, and gum disease are most often brought on by inadequate oral hygiene — not brushing and flossing enough or using a poor technique, and not attending Gentle Dental Care for regular checkups.

However, some teeth extractions aren’t due to preventable causes.

What unpreventable teeth extractions might I need?

One common example of teeth extraction being unpreventable is when your teeth are overcrowded. You might have extra teeth, or your jaw might be too small for your teeth.

Extracting specific teeth and realigning the remainder straightens your teeth and prevents them from crossing over or bunching up, which is more likely to lead to tooth decay.

Another common reason for having teeth extractions is to remove impacted or troublesome wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last of your molars to come through. There’s one at the back of each side of your mouth, top and bottom. They often don’t come through until adulthood, and in many cases, they don’t come through properly at all.

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, meaning it only partially broke through the gumline, or didn’t emerge at all, your dentist at Gentle Dental Care can remove it, relieving any pain and preventing future problems such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Infections
  • Root damage
  • Cysts

You don’t need your wisdom teeth, and they aren’t visible when you smile, so you don’t have to have them replaced.

What happens during a tooth extraction procedure?

Teeth extractions take place under an anesthetic. Depending on the kind of extraction and your personal preferences, you might need:

  • Local anesthetic
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation
  • Nitrous oxide gas
  • General anesthetic

Your dentist can replace extracted teeth with a bridge or a dental implant and crown. You discuss the options with your dentist before your tooth extraction, in case they need to perform a socket preservation bone graft during the extraction process.

Bone grafts might be necessary if there isn’t enough bone below the tooth socket to fix a dental implant.

If you want to discuss teeth extractions or see your dentist about problems with impacted or overcrowded teeth, call Gentle Dental Care today to book an appointment.