Sometimes teeth need to be pulled (or “extracted”) because they are no longer restorable. This can be due to extensive tooth decay, past trauma or even periodontal disease. Other times, teeth are extracted due to an emergency and the presence of pain.
During your extraction, our primary goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. In addition to numbing the area around your tooth, we also offer convenient sedation dentistry options to help you relax. When you feel at ease, the best results are achieved.
After Your Tooth is Removed
After a tooth has been removed, other teeth in the mouth can “drift” out of place, and create spaces that weren’t there before. From large gaps to minor misalignments, this tooth movement impacts your entire bite. Ultimately, it can lead to worn teeth or jaw problems.
Our dentists will discuss a variety of tooth replacement option with you, such as dental implants or bridges. Replacing your tooth in a timely manner after your extraction can preserve proper tooth placement and prevent shifting.
When at all possible, we will make every effort to help you preserve your natural teeth. But when that’s no longer an option, we will guide you through what comes next. If you are experiencing a severe toothache or have a dental emergency, contact us right away. We are happy to work you in as quickly as possible on the same day. Some of our practices also open on Saturdays. Click here to check our availability.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Sometimes, wisdom teeth can be quite troublesome. There may not be enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth so they end up getting “impacted” against other teeth. Wisdom teeth may also end up getting decay and local gum disease because of inadequate care i.e. the teeth are so far back in the mouth that they are hard to take care of.
As a result, wisdom teeth may need removal. We need to assess you clinically to determine the difficulty of removal. In some cases, referral to an oral surgeon is required. A mouthwide x-ray, called an “OPG” is usually needed to determine the position of the tooth, it’s root structure and proximity to local nerves.
Sedation options are available so please advise the dentist that you would like to have the teeth removed under sedation if you are concerned about the procedure.