Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Do you know the going rate for a baby tooth these days? According to insurance provider Delta Dental’s annual Original Tooth Fairy Poll, the tooth fairy left an average of $4.70 in exchange for a pearly white in 2021. Before you complain about today’s spoiled youth getting almost $5 for a tooth, consider that the climb in tooth prices roughly mirrors the rise and fall of the S&P 500. So, if you want solid investing advice, maybe you should ask a child what the tooth fairy is currently leaving under their pillow. 

Unfortunately for adults, the tooth fairy stops coming once all of those baby teeth are lost. However, tooth loss doesn’t stop for millions of adults. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. While needing to get a tooth removed is sometimes associated with bad oral hygiene, there are several reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted. 

Are you dealing with oral health symptoms? If so, visit our team at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive dental care for your whole family. In this blog, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, discuss the reasons for a tooth extraction and the different types. 

Why do teeth need to be extracted?

One of the most common tooth extractions is wisdom tooth removal, which many people undergo between the ages of 17 and 21. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed because of crowding issues. The wisdom teeth will come in and create crowding, or won’t have an avenue for eruption and end up causing issues below the gums. 

Beyond wisdom teeth, common reasons for extraction include:

Fractured teeth, especially those fractured near the gum line, are often extracted. 

The simple extraction process

There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical. 

Simple extractions are performed on visible teeth. For this type of extraction, our team will most likely use sedation to put you in a relaxed state. Then, our team uses specialized dental instruments to gently loosen your tooth and carefully lift it from its socket. If necessary, stitches will be placed. Pain will be minimal, and you can use over-the-counter pain medication. 

The surgical extraction process

Surgical extraction is necessary for teeth that are below the gum line. They could be impacted, broken at the gum line, or otherwise have not erupted. 

Some surgical extractions are performed with general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the procedure. Our team will then cut into your gum with a small incision. Some teeth need to be sectioned to facilitate removal. 

Surgical extraction requires stitches and a bit more aftercare, but you should be fully healed within a couple of weeks if you follow our instructions.

To learn more about tooth extraction and if you could benefit, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willow Glen Dental Care today.

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