When is an Extraction Necessary?
Adult teeth are meant to last for life, but there are times when removing a tooth is crucial to your oral wellness. If you are concerned about the state of your oral wellness, Robert Hoffmaster, DMD, of Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA can help you determine if an extraction is necessary for you—read on to learn more!
Why might I need a tooth extraction?
- If your teeth are overcrowded, an extraction can help make room in your mouth so that your teeth are better aligned. If you are being fitted with braces, extracting specific teeth can make sure your teeth have space to straighten.
- If you have an impacted tooth which is unable to break through the gums, your dentist may recommend an extraction to prevent it from causing overcrowding and harm to your other teeth. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted for this reason.
- A severely decayed tooth will likely require extraction. When bacteria reaches the pulp of the tooth, it can lead to infection. Your York dentist can remove the tooth to prevent the spread of decay to your healthy teeth.
- If your teeth have loosened due to periodontal disease, extraction may be the best solution to keep your gums healthy.
How will my York dentist extract my tooth?
During a simple extraction, your dentist will remove the tooth from its socket after administering local anesthesia, a step that ensures a pain-free procedure. If a simple extraction is not possible, a surgical extraction may be necessary.
After the procedure, you may experience soreness and swelling for a few days. During this time, your York dentist may advise taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and applying a cold compress to the sore area. To prevent further discomfort, you will want to stick with soft foods for a few days.
Give us a call
If you are in need of an extraction, contact Robert Hoffmaster, DMD, in York, PA at (717) 846-9428.