Unfortunately, there are times when removing a tooth is the best option for a patient. This occurs when a tooth is too decayed for fillings or root canals to repair and the infection in the tooth threatens to spread to other parts of the mouth. Extraction can also occur when a tooth is too chipped or broken for crowns or veneers to repair.
Extracting teeth requires some form of anesthetic. In most cases, a local anesthetic is sufficient for keeping you pain free during the procedure. Because we cater to cowards, we offer other anesthetic options as well. Our sedation or general anesthesia options allow you to virtually sleep through the extraction and are especially helpful if we’re removing more than one tooth. We’ll clearly explain your options during your consultation and what each anesthetic option entails.
Once the procedure is completed, we’ll clearly and thoroughly explain the steps you should take to reduce your pain during the recovery process and to maintain your oral health as your mouth heals. These steps include frequent rinsing with salt water, eating soft foods, avoiding rubbing the area with your tongue, and avoiding lying flat immediately after the procedure.
Looking further ahead, we have many ways of replacing the tooth you’ve lost. Dentures, bridgework, and dental implants are all methods of replacing teeth in which we specialize. Once again, we’ll work closely with you decide which alternative will work best for you.