Tooth Extractions in Lancaster, PA (Tooth Removal)
Unfortunately, not every tooth can be saved. When a tooth needs to be extracted, we are able to remove most teeth in the comfort of our office.
We also perform orthodontic extractions to allow for better positioning of the teeth.
By using high quality, modern instruments, we remove the tooth or teeth as gently as possible, paying strict attention to sterile technique.
Tooth Extractions: More Information
The removal of a tooth by a dentist in Lancaster, PA is called exodontia or a tooth extraction. There are two main types of tooth extractions; simple extractions and surgical extractions.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible. These extractions are performed while the patient is under a local anesthetic. An amount of force is needed to loosen the tooth from the socket so that it can be removed with dental forceps.
As the name implies, surgical extraction is more complicated. This surgery is performed to teeth that are broken under the gum line. In some cases, the breach may not have fully evidences itself. These procedures may require general anesthesia.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lancaster, PA
The usual treatment for the discomfort of wisdom teeth is extraction.
Wisdom teeth extraction involves:
- Opening the gum over the tooth.
- Removing the tooth.
- Closing the gum, most often with stitches.
- Quiet recovery.
Patients react differently to wisdom teeth surgery. Wisdom tooth extraction is invasive. Some oral surgeons in Lancaster, PA recommend removing the wisdom tooth, if the tooth is impacted, prior to age 20. Other dentists believe that if the wisdom tooth is causing no symptoms and no infection, it should be left alone. There is a preponderance of evidence that removing a wisdom tooth that is not diseased or causing pain or bite problems can be harmful.
The decision about whether or not to remove wisdom teeth is usually made on a case-by-case basis.
Should your wisdom teeth be extracted?
Making the decision to have one’s wisdom teeth extracted is personal. Many dentists regard it as an investment in the future. Recovery time is definitely more strenuous after age 30 than for younger patients.
If the wisdom teeth have the room to be functional, are not causing discomfort and are accessible for cleaning, it is usually best to leave the teeth intact.
If the wisdom tooth is impacted, the recommendation will usually be to extract the tooth.
The patient’s age and medical history can influence the dentist’s recommendation.
In any case, any tooth extraction is a serious business. Always discuss tooth extraction and other possible therapies with your dentist.
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