When restoring your teeth, we will do everything we can to bring them back to good health. Sometimes, though, the best option is extraction. At Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, we know this may seem intimidating for some patients. In today’s blog, we are here to explain when removal is necessary and what to expect during this procedure.
When Is Extraction Necessary?
If you have a problem that can be fixed with another restorative method, we will do our best to fix it. For instance, if you have a cavity, we can fill the area and save the tooth from decay. Even severe decay can be restored with a root canal. Dental crowns can be used when you have chipped or damaged one of your teeth as well.
Removing the tooth is only necessary when the area could damage your oral health. In cases such as extreme infection, misaligned teeth due to overcrowding, or severe damage, we recommend extraction.
Wisdom teeth are one of the most common areas that we remove for patients. This is because the way that these third molars grow can harm your smile. In some cases, these molars grow horizontally instead of vertically and can cause discomfort around the area.
Putting Off A Removal
Many patients may have a fear of surgery or dental work, which can make it tempting to not schedule this necessary treatment. However, ignoring the problem will make the damage worse. If you are worried about how it will look to have a gap in your smile, there are prosthetics available to replace your missing tooth.
Being Comfortable During The Procedure
It is not a surprise that many patients may feel anxious when they need a more invasive procedure done. Our priority during your treatment is your comfort. To help ease your worries about an extraction, here is what to expect during and after the procedure:
We will sedate you with a local anesthetic. This ensures your comfort and allows the dentist to work easier. A small incision will be made, and the tooth will be gently removed. The area will be stitched back together. Gauze will be placed to keep the area dry.
After the extraction, you may need to avoid eating hard foods. You should also refrain from using tobacco products and drinking through a straw. This can cause dry socket, which can be very painful. If you have any questions or concerns, call your dentist.
If You Need An Extraction, Come See Us
When you are having severe problems with a tooth, this may be the best option. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.