The goal of every dentist is the preservation of your natural teeth and to keep them fully functioning and healthy for as long as possible. However, there will be moments where you will have to make choices. Choices that may lead to you parting ways with your natural teeth for the overall good of your oral health. Whether it is damage, decay, trauma, or a sprouting wisdom tooth causing crowding in the jaw, you may need treatment to alleviate the pain and prevent further damage to other healthy teeth.
No matter the reason, tooth extractions have been around for ages. The process is as routine as it can get these days. Nearly everyone has had at least one tooth extracted from the jaw at least once in his or her life. Not every extraction is the same however; the complexities and procedures vary a little based on the location of the tooth in your mouth and the strength of the root that holds the tooth in place.
Typically, the front tooth with a single straight root is easy to extract, however, molars which can have multiple roots, are much harder. Wisdom tooth extraction, for instance is much more difficult. The process could be further complicated if the tooth being extracted is still below the surface and has not properly erupted from the gums or the path to eruption is blocked by another tooth.
Tooth extractions are typically routine when done by an experienced professional. It is important to be mindful that the tooth is attached to an actual bone through a network of fibers that come together to form the periodontal ligament. By careful maneuvering the tooth can be freed from these fibers and be detached without much fuss.