Although the goal and hope is to retain your natural teeth through a lifetime, the reality is that many of us will need to have a permanent tooth extracted at some point in time. At Grateful Dental, we do everything we can to save and preserve your natural teeth. However, there are situations when it is better for your health to remove one or more teeth. A tooth extraction should not be a procedure you dread. With today’s dental technology and sedation dentistry options, it is a simple and painless appointment.
Wisdom teeth extraction is among the most popular types of tooth removal. This can be due to these back molars being impacted or it may be a proactive approach by your dentist to prevent future problems. Other situations that warrant an extraction are when a tooth is severely injured during trauma or when a root canal cannot save a severely decayed or infected tooth.
Never put off the suggestion to have your tooth removed if it is decayed or damaged, as this can only create more dental problems and even compromise your overall health. Not only will a tooth extraction eliminate your pain if your tooth is infected or decayed, but it can also prevent further spreading of the infection inside your mouth and body.
At Grateful Dental, we always value your comfort and we are sensitive to your individual needs. Our staff will gladly walk you through the procedure and explain your options in sedation dentistry. Many patients choose nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, during their tooth extraction in order to eliminate any anxiety and fear that may be present. It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions following an extraction to ensure the site heals properly. Unless it is a wisdom tooth, you will also need to consider tooth replacement sooner rather than later. Replacing a missing tooth prevents adjacent teeth from shifting and other detrimental effects of an incomplete smile.