Mar 25, 2019

Do you have to have a tooth extracted? While it may sound scary, tooth extractions happen every day around the country and all over Frisco, Texas, for a wide range of reasons. No matter the reason, you can trust that you are in good hands at Millennium Smiles.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are a few reasons why teeth may need to be extracted. The primary reason is that the tooth – baby or permanent – is damaged. Damage can occur as a result of decay, accident or injury.

Decay. In the case of tooth decay, if damage reaches the center of the tooth, it can invade the sensitive pulp causing pain and infection. While a root canal could help in some instances, if the damage is severe enough, the tooth may not be able to be saved, meaning it has to come out.

Gum Disease. Another reason for extraction could be the presence of periodontal disease. If periodontal disease occurs, it can affect the gums, the periodontal ligaments that connect the teeth to the jaw, alveolar bone, and other structures surrounding the teeth that hold them in place. Advanced cases of periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and call for extraction.

Impacted Teeth. Some individuals may have a tooth blocking the way for another tooth to come in. This situation is known as impaction and usually requires tooth extraction to remove the tooth that is in the way. Extraction can help prevent overcrowding and reduce the risk of future tooth decay in some instances.

Overcrowding. If you have a tooth or teeth that are crowded and impacting the health of your mouth and your bite, they may need to be extracted.

Injury. If you injure your teeth in an accident, such as a fall or car crash, our primary goal is to save the injured tooth with restorations such as crowns or veneers. However, you may need to have the teeth or injured tooth extracted if the damage is severe.

How Our Extractions Are Different

No matter the reason for your extraction, you can rest assured you will be comfortable during the procedure at Millennium Smiles. We also work to make sure that you’re comfortable after your procedure, too, by taking a special step to help promote post-procedure healing and comfort. To do so, we use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to speed healing, promote new tissue and bone growth, and reduce the risk of complications.

What Is PRP?

As we mentioned above, PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is derived from your own blood after we take a small draw in the office and spin it in a centrifuge to extra your plasma.

After your extraction is performed, the PRP is placed into the extraction site instead of an artificial membrane. The benefits of using PRP include:

  • Increased blood flow and healing antibodies to the extraction site
  • Promotion of new tissue and bone growth
  • Less pain after the procedures
  • Reduced post-procedure swelling
  • Lessened risk of developing a dry socket when patients follow post-procedure instructions

Want to learn more about the benefits of PRP after tooth extraction? Watch our video here or call us at 972-987-4899 with your questions today.

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