A tooth that has been weakened and damaged by decay, in preparation for orthodontic treatment, injury, impaction, or advanced gum disease and cannot be repaired might need to be extracted—or removed—from the socket in the bone. Reidland dentist, Dr. Scott Bridges, will typically try to patch it with a tooth-colored filling, a dental crown, or other restorative procedure.
As much as we work to save your natural teeth, there are instances when we must “pull” a tooth to preserve the health of your smile and remaining teeth.
It’s natural for patients to feel anxious about tooth extractions, even if they know their tooth is weakened or decayed.
Our dental staff at Smile Station Dental Care prioritizes your safety and comfort so that every dental procedure is a pleasant experience. When you walk through our doors, you will never encounter judgment whether you see us regularly or have few teeth remaining.
A dental extraction can be a challenging experience for anyone, which is why we make it as safe and comfortable as possible.
Why Are Dental Extractions Necessary?
Two common reasons why patients may need to have a tooth extracted include cavities (or tooth decay) or infection. Both of these situations are often painful and can result in dental emergencies.
We try to save the tooth as much as we can—root canals are a typical dental procedure that removes infected or decayed tissue.
There are instances when a tooth extraction is the only recourse, such as:
- An irreparably broken tooth
- Lost filling or dental crown that exposes a vulnerable tooth
- Overly crowded teeth that are hard to clean
- Wisdom tooth impaction
- Untreated periodontal disease
- Orthodontic treatment
- Oral cancer
We do everything within our power to preserve your existing teeth, including recommending a tooth replacement procedure immediately following the dental extraction to maintain your oral health.
Restoring Extracted Teeth
We provide several handsome options for restoring a gap in your smile, including:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Each treatment has its unique pros and cons, and together Dr. Bridges can help determine the right solution for your budget and lifestyle.
We Help Nervous Patients
People may feel anxious about a tooth extraction, but we administer local anesthesia to numb the area so patients never feel more than a slight pressure.
We can also offer patients an oral sedative to help them remain calm and relaxed throughout the dental treatment. Patients need a driver after their dental procedure.
No matter how nervous you are, we work hard to keep the procedure painless and stress-free. Please let someone on our dental team know if you need extra comfort.
If you need a dental extraction, give the attentive dental staff at Smile Station Dental Care a call.