Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. If the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Prior to any tooth extraction, tooth replacement options are discussed so that the extraction procedure can be planned with the final restoration choice taken into consideration. If a tooth replacement is suggested, the extracted tooth or teeth may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Our office offers an advanced approach to tooth extractions that promotes healing through the use of tissue engineering. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a substance taken from your own blood that helps to promote healing. When applied after a tooth extraction, PRF helps to stimulate the healing process, decreases postoperative pain, and acts as a bioactive band-aid.
There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction. The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth – particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings. However, only your dentist can tell you if you need a tooth extraction. To determine if an extraction is needed, schedule an appointment with our office today.
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