Often, our restorative dental treatments involve solutions for cavities or infections, such as fillings, crowns, or root canals. But what if a problem is too severe for these solutions? To prevent the spread of infection or other complications, we may need to remove the tooth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will explain how we safely extract teeth.
Reasons to Extract a Tooth
When a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a crown, then removal could prevent infection from developing. Likewise, an infection too serious to be treated with a root canal may mean removal prevents the infection from reaching other teeth. We also take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room to reposition the rest of the smile in an orthodontic procedure. The most common reason is to address wisdom teeth. Your third molars arrive in your late teens and early 20s, and could cause a painful partial eruption known as an impaction, as well as infection, damaged teeth, misalignment, and discomfort. But extraction before they erupt helps preserve your smile.
A Comfortable Experience
We know that even minor oral surgical procedures can be a source of anxiety. We want you to know that we understand, and that we take time to ensure your experience is a comfortable one. First, we will answer any questions you have and discuss the procedure in detail. We administer a local anesthetic to the area where the extraction will take place. Dental sedation helps people enter a calm and relaxed state, with little or no memory of the procedure. We have several options available, and can help peel with serious cases of dental anxiety too!
The Extraction and Tooth Replacement Process
The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. After you’re in a calm and relaxed state, we will gently remove the tooth with forceps and then suture the area closed. A friend or family member can bring you home, and we will prescribe medications to ensure comfort and a fast healing process. We also have instructions for avoiding complications, like resting and eating only soft foods for the first day or two. The sutures will be removed in a follow-up visit. If you have a gap in your smile, we could discuss replacement with a dental bridge or dental implant!
Do You Have Questions About the Dental Extractions?
We would like to help you and your family maintain your strongest and healthiest smile with restorative care. If you want to learn more about how we safely and comfortably remove teeth, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.