Do you dread tooth extractions? Although an extraction is always a last resort, removing a decayed or damaged tooth doesn't have to lead to days of pain following the procedure. Atraumatic extractions offer a better way to remove teeth. Dr. Rick Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, your dentists in Williamsburg,VA, explain how atraumatic extractions work.
A better way to extract teeth
If you've ever had a tooth extracted in the past, you may remember that your Williamsburg dentist wiggled the tooth back and forth to remove it. Although that method still works, it can damage the bone and tissue surrounding the tooth. Atraumatic extractions use vertical force to lift the tooth up, rather than wiggling it horizontally. Before the tooth is removed, your dentist carefully separates the tooth from the fibers that attach it to your mouth with a special instrument.
Less pain with atraumatic tooth extractions
When a tooth is rocked back and forth during an extraction, the force of the rocking damages the tissues in the tooth socket, which can cause pain for some time. Since atraumatic extraction is designed to minimize tissue damage, you'll experience much less pain and bleeding after your tooth is removed, will recover faster and will have a lower risk of infection.
Atraumatic tooth extraction is better for your bones
Tissue and small bits of the surrounding bone are often removed during a traditional extraction. With atraumatic tooth extraction, these structures remain undamaged. Atraumatic tooth extraction is often recommended if you plan to replace your tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are placed in your jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth's roots. Over several months, the screw fuses to the the surrounding bone. Preserving as much bone as possible during the extraction provides a more stable foundation for your implant. If needed, bone grafts can be added to your jawbone immediately after an atraumatic extraction to build up the bone.
Interested in learning more about atraumatic extraction? Call Williamsburg, VA, dentists, Dr. Rick Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, at (757) 345-5500 to schedule an appointment.