Sometimes, we cannot repair a tooth with a filling or a crown alone. Instead, we need to remove them to prevent complications for your oral health. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will explain when you need an extraction, and how we take measurements to help you feel calm and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Why Do We Need One?
What makes the complete removal of a tooth necessary? Well, we may recommend this procedure to prevent the impaction of wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are up to four new molars that arrive in our late teens and early 20s. For some, this could mean a partial eruption known as an impaction, as well as infection, discomfort, and even dental misalignment. Removal preserves your facial structure and smile!
We could also take out a tooth with severe decay or infection, the kind beyond treatment that could otherwise spread to the rest of your smile. If a tooth is severely damaged or loosened by periodontal disease, we could remove it in these cases. We may also do this to make room to reposition your other teeth in an orthodontic procedure.
Local Anesthesia and Dental Sedation
Our team strives to ensure each and every patient is comfortable during treatment. We begin by administering a local anesthetic to the area where the extraction will occur. Dental sedation also helps people enter a calm and relaxed state, especially if they have dental anxiety or special needs that make undergoing care a difficult process. Some forms of sedation wear off once the procedure ends, others take time so you may need a friend or family member to bring you home.
The Extraction and Recovery
We gently remove the teeth in question with a pair of forceps. We then suture the extraction site closed. For the first day, you will need to relax and avoid strenuous activity. Also, eat only soft foods and avoid straws or poking the extraction site with your tongue. During a follow-up visits, our team will remove the sutures. If you had a tooth removed due to injury or infection, then we could discuss replacement options, such as a dental bridge or a dental implant. We’re ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health with restorative dental care. If you have any questions about the extraction process, or about replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Provides Restorative Dental Care
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX is ready to help address infected or damaged teeth. To learn more about how our team prepares your smile for restorative care and restores the health, beauty, and function of your smile, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.