When a tooth is severely decayed or infected, or develops serious injury, then a crown may not be enough to repair your tooth. Instead, your Garland, TX, dentist may remove the tooth completely. A dental extraction could help prevent major complications, and preserve the health and stability of our smile. We also take steps to make sure the process is comfortable!
The Reasons We Suggest a Tooth Extraction
When does a tooth need to be taken out? If you have a severe case of decay or infection, one too advanced to be treated with a root canal, then extraction could prevent infection from reaching other parts of your smile. If you have an injury too severe to be treated with a crown, then removal prevents infection and worsening pain. If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, we may need to remove a tooth to make room to reposition the others. We also take out teeth loosened by gum disease.
But the most common reason is to address wisdom teeth. These molars erupt in our late teens and early 20s, and could lead to infection, discomfort, misalignment, and a painful partial eruption known as an impaction. By taking them out, you avoid these complications completely!
The Extraction Process
We begin by taking steps to ensure you remain calm and comfortable. We administer a numbing agent to the area where the tooth will be extracted. Next, we offer dental sedation to ensure you enter a calm and relaxed state, with no memory of the procedure. The dentist will then use a pair of forceps to gently remove the tooth completely. We then suture the extraction site closed. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a day, resting and eating only soft food items. You then return to the office so we can remove the sutures and make sure everything is healing as it should. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions, and may prescribe medications to ensure your comfort and to help facilitate a complication-free healing period.
What About Tooth Replacement?
In some cases, the tooth will not need to be removed. However, if you have a gap in your smile due to loss related opt injury or decay or infection, then you may need replacement. We have custom bridges, full and partial dentures, and dental implants to help address tooth loss and restore the health and beauty of your smile. If you have any questions, give us a call today!
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS
We want to help you maintain good oral health by preventing complications due to infection or injury, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.