When possible, we want to repair teeth with tooth decay or an injury using a lifelike dental restoration. After all, this can help preserve the stability of the tooth! But in some cases, issues arise so severe that to protect the smile we need to remove a tooth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our approach to a safe and comfortable tooth extraction.
The Reasons to Remove a Tooth
We could prescribe a tooth extraction for a number of reasons. For example, when a tooth is too damaged to be effectively treated with a crown, or if decay or infection grow very severe, then removal prevents infection from spreading. We could take one out to make room for orthodontic treatment, or to address teeth loosened by gum disease. For some, extraction helps improve bite function and chewing capabilities, as well as bite balance. If you have wisdom teeth poised to erupt, we could take them out before they arrive and threaten the stability and beauty of your smile. If you’ve lost most of your teeth, then tooth extraction could prepare your smile to receive a full set of lifelike dentures.
Ensuring You’re Comfortable
Regardless of the reason for your tooth extraction, we want to make sure the process is a comfortable one for you. To do so, we will administer a local anesthetic to the area where the tooth or teeth are being removed. Our team could also offer dental sedation, which helps you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. We have several options, and the one we choose will be based on your age, weight, anxiety levels, and medical history.
The Extraction Process
Our team will first take detailed digital x-rays of your smile from multiple angles, and then use them to identify the position of the tooth, so we can plan the process with detail, avoiding nerve tissues and sinus cavities in the process. Our team then numbs the area and administers sedation as needed. Next, we gently remove the tooth in question with a pair of forceps. We then suture the area closed, and you return home with prescriptions for medications and any necessary instructions to facilitate a complication-free healing period. Our team will remove sutures in a follow up visit.
If you have any questions about how we extract teeth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our team, then contact our office today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Tooth Extraction
Our team understands that sometimes a removal is necessary to safeguard your smile. For more information on our approach to restorative dentistry and oral surgery, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.