Unfortunately, there are times when removing a tooth is the best option for a patient. This is often when a person needs to have a wisdom tooth removed. Additionally it can occur when a tooth is too decayed for fillings or root canals to repair and the infection 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. 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 to decide which alternative will work best for you.