TMJ Pain pittsburgh paWhen a tooth needs to be removed, the procedure involved is called a tooth extraction. Extractions are necessary for a variety of reasons and, on occasion, Dr. Halusic will recommend pulling a tooth. Read on to learn more about them and what situations require them.

Why Extractions Are Necessary

Usually, permanent teeth are extracted when they’re damaged beyond repair. This can happen because of decay, trauma or some other form of damage. Here are some additional situations when Dr. Halusic may recommend an extraction:

  • Crowding: If your mouth is crowded and it’s causing a tooth to stay below the surface of your mouth because there is a lack of room, an extraction may be necessary. This is because your immune system is compromised and there’s a risk of infection.
  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease can cause teeth to become loosened to the point that it makes more sense to remove them than try and save them.
  • Infection: If there’s infection (or risk of infection), it may be time for an extraction, especially if the infection has reached the pulp of your tooth. You don’t want the infection to spread, which is why you should remove the tooth.

The Extraction Process

Pulling a permanent tooth isn’t as simple as you might think. You want to be careful about avoiding additional damage to your mouth, which is why you should definitely trust a dentist for it and not attempt to do it yourself. Dr. Halusic has extensive training and experience when it comes to extractions and will also give you the anesthetics necessary to limit pain and create a safe environment. Finally, the extraction may require surgery if it’s below the surface of your mouth, which definitely requires the services of a professional.

Post-Extraction Care

What happens after a tooth is extracted? It depends on your unique situation and the health of your mouth, but Dr. Halusic will give you crucial advice for the healing period, regardless of the reason for the extraction. If the extraction is part of another procedure — such as orthodontics or dental implants — there will be additional steps after the extraction process.