As we focus on holistic dentistry and preventive dentistry, we try to prevent tooth loss as much as possible. But unfortunately, we must extract a tooth at certain times. We can perform this procedure safely and efficiently to relieve pain and stop infections from spreading.
After an extraction, we can also offer restorative dentistry services that can replace the lost tooth through a dental implant or dental bridge. We can even replace several lost teeth at once with dentures.
If a tooth has been damaged or is in severe pain, you can call Tower Dental for emergency dentistry, and we will find the first appointment possible for you. A tooth extraction might be the best way to eliminate your dental pain.
Who Needs a Tooth Extracted?
We only recommend a tooth extraction when it is the best option to protect your health. We will always give you a medical diagnosis based on experience and leave you free to decide which method of treatment you’d like to pursue..
An extraction may be needed because of:
- Infection: A bacterial infection that multiples on or inside a tooth can gradually destroy the material in the tooth walls. This may eventually weaken the tooth until it can no longer function properly.
- An Impact: A serious fall, sports accident, vehicle accident, or other source of impact might cause irreparable tooth damage. Once the damaged tooth (or teeth) is removed, our state-of-the-art restorative dentistry options can supply a replacement tooth.
- An Angled Tooth: A tooth might grow in at an angle that compromises the teeth around it, or in a way that makes it difficult for you to eat and bite normally. Removing this tooth can be the first step towards an improved smile.
- A Crowded Row of Teeth: A row of teeth might not have enough room to receive a new tooth growing in. By removing one tooth, your new tooth will be able to grow in comfortably without interfering with your bite.
Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted, but not always. When your wisdom teeth are growing in, we will monitor them to determine if they might grow in at an unhealthy angle, crowd your other teeth, or become impacted—all situations which may call for an extraction.
In other cases, the size and position of a wisdom tooth might make it very difficult to clean at home, putting it at risk for bacterial infection. These and other conditions may also require a wisdom tooth extraction.
The Extraction Process
Many tooth extractions involve a quick and simple procedure. They are not as frightening as some people expect. With sedation dentistry, you will be comfortable throughout the process. We can also give you a blanket, warm neck pillow, hot towel, and other amenities to help you relax. We will then:
- Anesthetize: Administer an anesthetic that prevents pain. While you may feel pressure, you will not feel any pain.
- Extract: Use state-of-the-art tools to loosen and extract the tooth. In most cases, this step will occur very quickly. The procedure will soon be complete.
- Instruct: Your dentist will give you instructions on how to manage any discomfort and reduce your healing time at home.
Your gums and tissues near the extraction site will need some time for the natural healing process. They may bleed, but applying pressure on them will slow the bleeding until it naturally stops. You can bite down on gauze, take anti-inflammatory medication, or place an ice pack on the affected area on your dentist’s advice. You’ll be feeling great again soon.
Contact Tower Dental for a Tooth Extraction
Every case is unique. We’ll evaluate your tooth to find the solution that will best protect your health and promote your well-being. If an accident has damaged a tooth, you are in pain, or you have another need for an extraction, call Tower Dental now for the first appointment we have.