When possible, we always repair teeth with crowns or fillings to keep your smile whole. But sometimes, serious issues arise that cannot be addressed with a filling or crown. We could actually need to remove the tooth to protect your smile’s health and stability. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about tooth extraction.
The Reasons We Remove a Tooth
What situations call for a tooth extraction? They could vary, but could include a tooth too damaged for treatment with a crown, or a case of tooth decay or infection beyond the reach of a root canal treatment. If gum disease loosens a tooth, we may remove it as part of treatment or we could take out a tooth to provide room for successful orthodontic treatment. But the most common reason is to prevent the impaction of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these are up to four new teeth that arrive in the rear of the mouth. They could cause a painful partial eruption, or impaction, and could also cause dental misalignment, infection, and could damage nearby teeth too. Taking them out completely helps preserve the health, beauty, and function of your teeth.
Ensuring a Comfortable Tooth Extraction
We know that people can feel nervous about having a tooth extracted, which is why we strive to ensure you always feel relaxed and comfortable. First, our team is ready to talk to you and address any questions or concerns you may have. We not only have local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, but we could also discuss dental extraction for patients with dental anxiety too. Once you’re calm and relaxed, our team will gently open the gums above the wisdom teeth to access and remove them completely. We suture the area closed, and a friend or family member bring you home, as sedation sometimes takes time to wear off completely.
What Happens Afterward?
When you return home, you should take any prescribed medications as instructed, and for the first day rest, avoid straws, eat fast foods, and be gentle when you brush and floss. We can remove any sutures in follow-up visits, and most people return to normal activities after a day of rest. If you have any questions about how to treat poor oral health and remove teeth that could threaten your smile, then contact our team today.
Ready for a Restorative Visit?
We take steps to ensure your restorative treatment is a comfortable and successful one. If you have any questions about how we help you maintain good oral health, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.