You may not think there are many benefits to removing a tooth. However, sometimes very serious restorative issues arise that require attention, and we can help with a safe and comfortable dental extraction. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist explains how we perform an extraction and how a smile may benefit from one. We’ll also look at possible tooth replacement options!
The Removal Process
Why do we extract teeth anyway? Well, if a tooth is loosened due to gum disease, or severely damaged to the point that a restoration isn’t possible, then we may take the tooth out. In addition, we could remove a tooth to make room to reposition others in situations where patients need orthodontic care. If a severe infection develops that threatens to reach other teeth or the jawbone itself, we may take the tooth out to prevent complications. However, the most common reason is to address wisdom tooth eruption. For people leaving the teen years and entering adulthood, up to four additional molars could erupt in the rear of the mouth. Unless removed, these wisdom teeth could lead to painful partial eruption, known as impaction, as well as infection, damaged teeth, and dental misalignment.
Before we remove the tooth, we first administer a local anesthetic and will discuss sedation options to ensure you remain calm and relaxed throughout the treatment process. Then, we gently take the tooth out with a pair of forceps. The procedure is quick, comfortable, and protects your smile from serious oral health complications!
Recovery and Healing
A friend or a member of your family will bring you home, as the sedation takes time to wear off completely. At home, you will eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two. During a follow-up visit, we will remove the sutures and make sure the area is healing properly. In the meantime, you will need to take any prescribed medication, avoid poking the area with your tongue, and enjoy beverages without a straw.
What About the Gap in Your Smile?
With wisdom teeth, no replacement is necessary. But if you lose a tooth because of an injury, or undergo extraction due to infection or damage, then you have a gap that could cause problems for your smile’s appearance and health. With custom-made bridge, dentures, and dental implants, we can address these gaps and complete your smile!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT RESTORATIVE DENTAL CARE?
If you have a tooth that needs restoration, or removal, then please contact our team for treatment. To learn more about our restorative procedures, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.