In recent blogs, we have discussed how fillings and root canal treatment can help restore your smile after damage. Problems such as decay can usually be fixed with these procedures. However, if the area is infected, the pulp is no longer functional, or the area is otherwise untreatable, the best option may be to remove it. At Cleveland Family Dentistry in Texas, we offer extractions to bring your oral health back to normal.
Extracting A Tooth Is The Last Resort In Most Cases
With the exception of wisdom teeth (your third molars), removing one of your pearly whites is usually the last option the dentist will choose. Instead, they will do their best to restore it to optimal condition. For problems such as decay, a filling may be used to stop the progression of a cavity and protect it. If the cavity is severe, a root canal treatment may be done instead. Broken or chipped teeth can be fixed with a dental crown or by bonding composite resin to the area, depending on the severity of the damage. Wisdom teeth are often removed before they can cause problems because these are not vitally important to the function of your smile.
When A Removal Is Necessary
As mentioned above, third molars are often taken out before they can cause severe problems. Other teeth may be removed if they have irreparable damage, are infected, or will make straightening your smile difficult. Before this is decided, your dentist will discuss the treatment plan with you. If the removed tooth is in a visible area, prosthetic options may be available. This way, you will not have to worry about having a gap in your smile.
Having The Tooth Extracted
First, the area will be numbed. The amount of sedation or anesthesia used will depend on how invasive the procedure will be. For example, having your third molars removed will require more sedation than having a single one removed. Then, the dentist will make an incision and gently remove the tooth. Immediately following the appointment, you must avoid drinking or eating anything. Remember to also have a friend or family member drive you home after this procedure.
If your wisdom teeth were removed, you will not need a prosthetic replacement. However, if the tooth extracted is necessary for the function of your smile, your dentist may discuss prosthetic options with you. There may be the option of a bridge, dentures, or implants depending on your needs.
Protect Your Smile From Further Damage
If you have an infected tooth or an injury that cannot be repaired, an extraction may be the best option. To find out if this is right for you, schedule an appointment today. You can call Cleveland Family Dentistry in TX at (281) 592-1234.