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Top Reasons Not to Skip Dental Cleanings

Dental cleaning is something that we all skip from time to time. I think that the reason we skip the procedure is because we really don't understand how important it is. We think that because we spend time caring for our teeth each day, and get through the examination with out any problems that we can skip a cleaning and suffer no repercussions. Having been diagnosed with oral cancer that could have been caught earlier for a better outcome, I have learned just how important dental cleanings are. Learning why something seemingly unimportant is crucial to your overall health may help you reconsider skipping your next cleaning. This site will help you learn why dental cleanings are so important, by teaching you what your dentist looks for during the examination.


Extractions Performed By Oral Surgeons

Your dentist regularly provides preventive and restorative care. However, in some instances, a regular dentist may refer patients to an oral surgeon for an extraction. Still, if you are like many dental patients, you may not know which extractions are usually handled by a dentist and which is usually performed by an oral surgeon.

Here are the types of extractions that are often referred to an oral surgeon:

Removal of Teeth That Are Difficult to Reach

Sometimes, the structure of the face and the way that the teeth are positioned in the mouth can make it difficult to remove a tooth, especially without the patient incurring a great amount of discomfort. A patient's tooth may be difficult to extract due to the size of the sinuses or limitations in the movement of the jaw. An oral surgeon can comfortably and safely perform the extraction.

Removal of Teeth That Have Not Fully Presented

Teeth that are impacted have not fully erupted. Thus, their removal may not be simple. 

Wisdom teeth often suffer from impaction. A wisdom tooth may only partially erupt, and the remainder of the tooth may lie beneath the surface of the gums. In some cases, the wisdom tooth may require extraction but lie completely beneath the gums.

Extracting a tooth that has not fully presented will usually require cutting the gums to access the tooth. In addition, general anesthesia may be needed.

Removal of Teeth That Are Cracked

Teeth that have been cracked are more likely to have a difficult removal. A damaged tooth may break off during an extraction. In addition, some pieces of the tooth may become trapped beneath the gums. As a result, oral surgery is often suggested for the extraction of a tooth that is cracked.

Removal of the Teeth of a Patient with Dental Fear

Dental fear is a common problem. Some dental patients may experience a great amount of anxiety after being told that a dental extraction is required. 

In order to avoid the discomfort of the anxiety, some people prefer to be fully anesthetized during the extraction. Full anesthesia is not usually offered by a general dentist. Thus, a patient who requires an extraction and suffers from dental anxiety may be referred to an oral surgeon.

If you have a tooth that requires an extraction, schedule a consultation with a dental office like NOVA PREMIER DENTAL in your local area to determine whether or not an oral surgeon will need to perform the procedure.