Extracting Your Problem Tooth

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In general, the main goal of modern dentistry is preserving the health of your teeth and repairing them when they experience injury or decay. Unfortunately, there are certain cases where a dental problem leaves no option for maintaining a tooth in your mouth. When this occurs, we suggest removing the problem tooth to protect your remaining teeth and preserve your smile. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX dentist discusses our approach to safely extracting one of your teeth.

When Do You Need A Tooth Extraction?

We may suggest extracting one of your teeth for a variety of reasons. There are cases where a physical injury is so extreme that your tooth becomes too damaged to effectively support a dental crown and restore your smile. In other instances, you may experience a tooth infection that fails to respond to root canal therapy. When infectious bacterial pockets cannot be fully removed from your tooth’s pulp, we suggest extracting the entire tooth to protect the rest of your body from the spread of infection. Sometimes removing a tooth is part of an orthodontic strategy to correct the alignment of crowded teeth. This can help improve your bite function and make chewing more comfortable. Lastly, when you have lost a majority of your teeth to gum disease, we can remove remaining teeth to prepare your mouth for a full set of dentures.

Performing your Extraction

To prepare for your tooth removal, we will first take detailed digital images of your teeth from different angles. This helps us identify the current position of your problem tooth and plan our approach to avoid damaging your sinus cavities or sensitive nerve tissue. To ensure your comfort throughout the extraction, we administer a local anesthetic to the affected area where we will operate. We could also offer dental sedation to help you enter a relaxed, calm state. The level of sedation administered takes into account factors such as your weight, age, and general level of anxiety to ensure we do not under or overmedicate you.

Using a pair of forceps, we gently rock your tooth back and forth to jostle it from your socket. We then suture the socket to stop any bleeding and prevent infection during your recovery period.

Speak With Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Receiving A Tooth Extraction

At Cleveland Family Dentistry, our goal is to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our patients so they can always enjoy a warm, relaxed, comfortable, and caring atmosphere. Our team can determine when removing a tooth is the best option for protecting your smile. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.