Rivergate Oral Surgery
Harold peeples
85 Cude Ln. Madison, Tennessee 37115, Phone: (615) 859-3344, Fax: (615) 859-3370, Email: drpeeples@comcast.net
What is tooth extraction?
Sometimes the phrases "tooth extraction" or "tooth removal" can sound archaic and frightening, like someone with pliers is about to pry open your mouth and yank your tooth out by force. It makes you want to run away and save yourself before it's too late!
However, this image, like so many fears about dental practice today, need not accompany these phrases. Tooth extraction is a safe and often necessary part of human life in the modern era. I say "safe" because the combination of today's elevated technology, local anesthesia techniques, and rigorous dental training makes removing a tooth one of the most straightforward oral surgery practices in the field today.
Tooth extraction is the art of removing a tooth that is in the way of other teeth or has become cracked, infected, or decayed. It is performed through careful incision into the gum and jawbone. Common types of tooth extraction include removal of wisdom teeth and rotting teeth. There are many reasons for tooth extraction, and your dentist is trained to know the best way to approach a damaged or intrusive tooth.
Reasons for Extraction
There is a broad range of reasons to get a tooth extracted. Some of the most common include:
Severe tooth decay
Malformed teeth
Fractured or broken teeth
Severe gum disease
Extra teeth that block other teeth from growing in
Wisdom teeth
Severe tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth extraction worldwide, despite the spread of dental care. In the US, tooth removal from decaying teeth is only common with patients who have long neglected dental hygiene and regular dental visits. I say "in the US" because dental care is a common and normal part of our daily lives, whereas it is more precious and ill-accessed in third world countries. To prevent tooth decay, brush and floss daily and see your dentist twice a year.
Malformed teeth are usually the result of genetics. If your permanent teeth have grown in crooked, spaced incorrectly, or only partially, an extraction and false tooth replacement may be the best solution.
Teeth can become fractured or broken in many ways—a punch to the jaw, getting hit in the mouth with a fast ball, chewing something too hard for your teeth, etc. No matter how it happened, getting that tooth removed and replaced will prevent risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and infection.
Gum disease is usually kept under control with regular flossing and brushing assisted by mouthwashes to keep bacteria from colonizing. Gum disease can advance from gingivitis—a common gum disorder usually easily treated by regular brushing and cleaning—to periodontitis if gingivitis is not treated. Periodontitis means that your gums have started to separate from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. If you let this continue in your mouth, teeth will begin to decay.
Wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth in the US. This is because wisdom teeth—or third molars—often have no room to grow, so they grow at angle into the root of the molar in front of them. When they grow at an angle like this, they become "impacted." Impacted wisdom teeth are removed to prevent infection and tooth irregularity in the future.
If your wisdom teeth are the reason you're reading this article right now, you may want to read our other article on wisdom teeth extraction.
What if I do need an extraction?
If you feel like something is wrong and you may need an extraction, you should know that many common ailments, even some of the one listed above, can be taken care of by starting a good maintenance regimen such as regular brushing, flossing etc. So, there's no reason for you to not go to your dentist to have your situation checked out. He may just tell you that it's not as bad as you think and prescribe a simple solution. And if the situation does require a procedure, your dentist will definitely know what to do to make the process simple and easy for you.
Remember, in this day and age, any fear of the dentist or an oral surgeon is misplaced. If you do need an extraction, don't worry—you won't feel anything during the tooth extraction surgery. If an oral surgeon needs to extract a tooth, he will either give you laughing gas or another anesthetic to make you unconscious, or, most commonly, he will give you anesthetic for your gums so that you do not feel anything during surgery. This local anesthesia makes the whole tooth removal process simple and painless.
Avoiding the Pain Associated With Extractions
Many patients are looking to find the best way to eliminate the pain associated with teeth extraction surgeries and actually, the best tip is the simplest tip: find the right oral surgeon. A professional and highly experienced oral surgeon can make this an easy experience for you and your mouth.
Dr. Peeples has over 28 years of experience in oral surgery and is the best of the best in Hendersonville when it comes to teeth extractions. If you want to avoid all the discomfort possible, Dr. Peeples is the oral surgeon for you. You are not alone in tooth care; if you need a tooth extracted, make a consultation appointment with Dr. Peeplestoday by calling (615) 859-3344."
Dr. Peeples practices Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, serving the communities of
Rivergate, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Madison, and Nashville, Tennessee.