When you have a cavity, we could treat it with a filling or crown. But what if you have an oral health issue, or damage, too severe for a restoration? Protecting your smile as a whole could mean the tooth needs to be removed. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how extraction could save a smile.
When Your Smile Needs a Tooth Removed
When an oral health develops that is too severe to be damaged with a crown or filling, then extraction may be key. Otherwise, an advanced case of tooth decay or dental infection could lead to worsening discomfort and even spread to other teeth or into the jaw. Additional tooth loss and major discomfort could soon follow. We may also prevent wisdom tooth impaction by removing the wisdom teeth before they erupt, otherwise they could cause infection, misalignment, and painful partial eruptions known as impactions. We also take them out to assist with orthodontic treatment or to address major damage, or if one has become loosened by gum disease.
Taking Out a Tooth
We start by ensuring you feel comfortable and relaxed. To do so, we will administer not only a local anesthetic around the tooth in question, but also dental sedation. The sedation helps you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure itself. Once this is done, we will gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps, and add medicated materials to the extraction site to preserve it. We may also suture the area closed. You will head home with detailed aftercare instructions, and then return a day or two later to remove the sutures. The process itself takes only about 30 minutes, and could bring relief to your smile.
Do They Need Replacement?
We preserve the extraction site to prepare your smile for dental implant placement, or for other prosthetics, if you should lose one to poor oral health or injury. Wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced however. We want to make sure your replacement option looks and functions like natural teeth, so you can smile with confidence and enjoy your favorite foods. If you have pain in your smile, or wisdom teeth soon to erupt, then contact our team today to schedule a consultation. Seeing us now means you can use your 2021 dental benefits before they expire!
Do You Have Questions About Our Restorative Care?
We know how to help prevent the spread of poor oral health in your smile. If you would like to talk about how we transform the health and function of your smile, 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.