Getting a Tooth Pulled In Arlington TX
What is a Tooth Extraction?
“Tooth extraction” is really just a fancy term for having a tooth pulled. A variety of situations and conditions call for tooth extraction, however, we do strive to save natural teeth whenever possible. Fortunately, if tooth extraction is necessary Dr. Stephen Ratcliff has wonderful options to replace your natural tooth with a great looking and functional replacement.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Often, a tooth extraction is required when the tooth is damaged beyond repair by decay or damage. This is the most common reason for tooth extraction. However, it’s not the only reason for pulling teeth. Here are some of the reasons you may need a tooth pulled:
- FRACTURED TOOTH | A severely fractured tooth can be grounds for a tooth extraction.
ABSCESSED TOOTH | A severe tooth infection or decay.
TOOTH BLOCKAGE | Extra teeth sometimes block or prevent other teeth from coming in properly or at all.
PROSTHETICS | Prosthetics are artificial teeth and devices that sometimes require teeth pulled for proper fit and placement.
DENTURES | Full dentures require teeth to be pulled to accommodate the dentures.
BRACES | In some situations, tooth extraction is necessary for orthodontic treatment.
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Tooth Extraction Process
First we take X-rays to help us view the root of the tooth and surrounding bone; this allows us to carefully plan the tooth extraction. Next, an anesthetic is used to numb your mouth in order to make sure there is no pain or discomfort during the extraction process. Then the tooth is gently removed while taking the utmost care to keep the surrounding bone undamaged. Finally, Dr. Ratcliff might make a few stitches to help the area close properly and speed up the healing process.