A lot of people think that they will need an extraction when their tooth is in pain. Thankfully, this is rarely the case. Most of the time, treatment can be had that can save the tooth.
However, if you find yourself needing an extraction, know that it can cause other types of damage to your teeth during the process. Here are some of the more common types of dental damage that can accompany a dental extraction.
Dental Damage You May Encounter During an ExtractionThe most common type of damage is damage to the socket. Sometimes the socket itself breaks, leaving the jaw tender and sore as it slowly heals over time. Other times the socket gets pinched or cut while trying to get that tooth out. The same thing goes there, in that it requires slow healing once the tooth has been removed.
Another common type of damage is harm to the surrounding teeth. When the tooth is being pulled, it often needs a bit of persuasion to get it ready to come out. This often involves rocking the tooth back and forth. If your dentist is rocking the tooth, they may have no choice but to rock it forwards and backwards, potentially damaging the surrounding teeth. This can be anything from scratching another tooth to cracking it entirely.
Whenever possible, opt to save the tooth you have. If you cannot save the tooth, then do whatever you can to make sure the extraction goes as smoothly as possible. Some people prefer going to oral surgeons to have extractions done, as they can get them out surgically instead of with as much potential damage. However, if that method is right for you or not needs to be discussed between you and your dentist first.
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