While we do our best to save natural teeth whenever possible, tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to prevent the spread of infection, relieve pain, or solve the problem of irreparable damage. We recommend a tooth extraction only as a last resort and strive to provide comfortable and efficient dental care that will help you take steps toward recovering your health and the appearance of your smile.
Common Conditions That May Require a Tooth Extraction
- Symptomatic wisdom teeth
- Overcrowding and orthodontics
- Damage due to trauma
- Significant decay
- Unsuccessful root canal treatment
- Stubborn primary teeth
- Unexplained and unresolved pain
If you experience symptoms, contact our dental office immediately so that we can address your condition.
If you have an accident, it is important to go to the nearest emergency treatment facility to rule out any more serious medical conditions.
Tooth Extraction Treatment
Patient comfort is a top priority in our dental practice, and dental extractions are no different. We will use an appropriate amount of anaesthetic to numb your surgical site before we gently loosen the tooth from the gum tissue and remove it. Following treatment, we will discuss how to best care for your surgical site to promote proper healing.
Some important things to remember are to avoid drinking through a straw or smoking after treatment, as these actions can dislodge healing tissue and cause a painful condition known as dry socket.
Facing tooth extraction can leave you with many questions about the future of your oral health and your smile. We strive to provide comprehensive care and will discuss any available tooth-replacement options with you that can fill the gap in your smile and restore the function of your bite.
Dental implant – A dental implant is surgically placed in your gums. After the healing process completes, we will create a tooth-coloured custom dental implant crown to complete your smile. You care for your dental implant in much the same way as you would care for your natural tooth by brushing, flossing, and maintaining regular dental exams and cleanings.
Dental bridge – A dental bridge fills the gap in your smile by suspending an artificial tooth between two healthy teeth with dental crowns. Dental bridges require additional attention to keep your gums healthy by using special floss or brushes to remove food particles and plaque.
Partial or complete dentures – If you have multiple or total teeth extractions, a complete or partial denture can replace multiple teeth with one appliance.
If you experience a dental problem, contact our practice to discuss your oral health concerns and schedule an appointment. An evaluation will help us determine if a tooth extraction is necessary.
We look forward to welcoming you.