Did you know that if you have a damaged tooth, or one severely decayed or infected, that extraction could help prevent tooth loss and discomfort? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist explains how carefully removing a tooth could help preserve your smile, and how we could replace them with a lifelike prosthetic as necessary.
The Sedation and Extraction Process
First, know that with every oral surgical procedure, we always take steps to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process. With local anesthetics, we numb the area where the tooth will be removed. With sedation, you enter a calm and relaxed state, and have little to no memory of the procedure at all. Once you’re comfortable, we use forceps to gently extract the tooth. We may need to open the gums above wisdom teeth to extract them if they haven’t erupted yet. We then suture the site closed, and may prescribe medication to ease discomfort and promote a complication-free healing period. After a day or two, you can return to normal daily activities!
Why We Need to Prescribe One
We may recommend the procedure of this with teeth too damaged to be restored with a crown, or for cases of infection too severe to be treated with a root canal procedure. If a tooth is loosened by periodontal disease, we may remove it. The procedure could also make room to reposition the rest of the smile if you’re undergoing orthodontic care. Extraction could even be used to prepare your smile for custom dentures! However, the most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. Also known as third molars, these are up to four additional teeth that erupt in the rear of our mouth in our late teens and early 20s. When they arrive, they could cause painful partial eruptions known as impaction, as well as infection, damaged teeth, and dental misalignment. But if we remove them prior to eruption, you avoid these potential risks!
Aftercare and Tooth Replacement
We will have detailed aftercare instructions to prevent discomfort until we can remove sutures and you return to normal activities. If you have a gap left behind by your missing tooth, we could treat underlying oral health issues and then offer a custom prosthetic, such as a bridge, denture, or even an advanced dental implant. You then continue to enjoy a full and beautiful smile! If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Provides Comfortable Extraction
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX is ready to take steps to help improve the function, beauty, and health of your smile. To learn more about removing and replacing teeth, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.