Oral extractions are nothing but the removal of a complete tooth from the socket in the jawbone. The tooth will be removed in its entirety from the crown to the root under the influence of local anesthesia. It will be performed by a trained dentist at a dental practice.
Dr. Richard Rutecki is a trained dental specialist and has treated hundreds of patients over his long-spanning career which started in 1989. He is passionate about treating people with oral issues and helping them regain their confidence. Along with a dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities, Dr. Richard provides the best-quality dental service in the Goose Creek, SC area.
When is an extraction required?
Cavities: Most often, an extraction is required when the patient has a badly infected tooth that can’t be treated by medication, filling or even root canal therapy. Cavities are caused due to the accumulated plaque and tartar which end up eroding the enamel of the teeth. It can lead to severe pain, sensitivity, discomfort and may also infect the nearby teeth and gums, which is why it is best to get such teeth extracted.
Broken teeth: Teeth that are chipped, cracked or fractured can be restored using crowns, veneers or composite bonding agents. But, when the extent of damage is severe and poses a risk of causing an infection, it will have to be extracted.
Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth are the ones that get ‘stuck’ in the jawbone while emerging. Various causes lead to this condition and it can be very painful. Also, if left untreated, it can cause bleeding, release of pus and infection of the gums. Hence, it is best to get such teeth extracted by a dentist.
Orthodontics: Whenever you get orthodontic treatment, the dentist usually recommends getting teeth extracted on either side of the jaws to accommodate the movement of the teeth.
An extraction is perhaps the simplest dental procedure. After a thorough screening and visual examination, the dentist would determine whether or not you would require an extraction. To prevent pain and discomfort, local anesthesia will be administered to the gums. After a few minutes, the drug would start to take effect and you would lose sensation in the oral region. In case you feel too anxious during the procedure, anti-depressants may be given to calm you down.
The tooth to be extracted will be firmly gripped using forceps. It will be shaken to loosen it from the socket and surround gums that are holding it in place. The tooth will then be pulled out in one go, extracting it from crown to root. You will be asked to bite into a piece of gauze to control the bleeding. Care must be taken not to dislodge the clot as it could cause more bleeding. Eating hot and spicy foods for the next few days should be avoided.
Call us at (843) 569-8795 or schedule an online appointment to get your tooth extracted.