When you consider having your teeth extracted due to tooth decay, often times you may be doing it prior to a serious tooth loss. For example, you may be facing a tooth extraction where the decay has caused a severe cavity or hole in the tooth. In some more extreme cases, you may be facing having a tooth extracted where the tooth decay has resulted in a loss of the tooth to the gum line. These extractions may be a bit more difficult, but knowing a few things about them can help you get through them easier and with less worry.

Surgical Extractions

If the tooth is decayed to the gum line, or broken off past the gum line, you may be facing a surgical extraction. This type of extraction requires the dentist to cut into the gum and remove the decayed tooth. This generally results in stitches and a particular set of post operation steps you will need to take. Your dentist will likely prescribe some form of pain killer to help with the post-surgical pain as well.  Follow-up appointments will be necessary to ensure that you are healing properly and no infection is in the area.

Gum Damage

If the tooth decay is severe, you may have gum line damage or erosion. If this is the case, further procedures will be necessary to help repair your gum and get it back to a healthy state. In severe cases, where the bone has also been damaged due to the tooth decay, you may have to have gum restorative surgery. This surgery consists of having the gum cut and moved back to remove any bacteria and treat the area. A bone graft may be required along with a protein placement to help regrow the bone in the area.

Replacement Options

If you are having more than one tooth surgically extracted due to decay, you may be facing an option of what to do about tooth replacement. You will face the options of dentures, partials, and even dental implants. The key point to remember regarding your options is to discuss the long-term effects of each one. For example, dental implants will require more surgery and may have to be replaced over time while dentures will require routine cleanings and fittings to ensure they still fit your mouth properly and have a proper seal to your gums.

These are just a few of the things you should know about having surgical tooth extractions for decayed teeth. If you are concerned about healing times, possible complications, or other concerns, contact your dentist for a consultation.