Our dental care team tries their best to help patients keep their natural teeth intact. However, this is not always a possibility. When we’re not able to preserve healthy tooth structure, we are happy to provide safe, comfortable tooth extraction service. If you want to learn more about tooth extraction or any of our other dental care solutions, please give us a call today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone or schedule an appointment for you in our office.
Reasons for Tooth Removal
In many cases, our skilled team will help you keep your healthy, natural teeth. When keeping your natural smile isn’t an option, we may recommend the removal of one or more teeth. Some of the common reasons we recommend tooth removal include:
- Severe tooth decay or damage that cannot be repaired
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment when teeth are crowded, making it difficult to move teeth into their new position
- Prior to the creation and placement of a partial or full denture, we may need to remove one or more compromised teeth
- Wisdom teeth, third molars, are the most commonly extracted teeth due to their late eruption which can lead to numerous oral health concerns
The Tooth Extraction Process
If we determine you’re in need of tooth extraction, there are two ways we can remove the dental structure. When teeth have fully erupted from the gum line, we are usually able to pull them. This involves using tools to clasp the tooth. Then, we shift it back and forth until it breaks away from the supportive structures and can be extracted. If the tooth is not fully erupted or we are unable to pull the tooth, we will need to surgical extract it. In some cases, this is as simple as cutting away a small amount of gum tissue, but these procedures can become very complex.
What Happens After Tooth Removal?
Once your tooth is removed, we’ll provide you with specific at-home care, dietary restrictions, and pain management instructions to ensure you are able to heal quickly and comfortably. During your recovery, you will likely experience some pain and notice swelling, but these should begin to abate almost immediately. You should be completely healed within a week. If your pain worsens, you experience lingering, heavy blood flow, or you notice infection in the soft tissue, please call us right away. If you need to replace the extracted tooth or teeth, we will begin your dental restoration plan as soon as your smile has healed and your soft tissue is no longer swollen or inflamed. We offer both traditional tooth replacement like fixed bridges and removable dentures and implant retained prosthetics. Our knowledgeable dentistry team will walk you through all of your options and help you find the best tooth replacement plan to meet your needs.