There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Sometimes, the safe and effective procedure is performed to restore oral health following the onset of an advanced infection. Other times, tooth extractions are performed as a preventative measure or to help prepare for orthodontic treatments. No matter the reason for your extraction, Dr. Brett Hester will keep your comfort in mind throughout the procedure. Most patients are surprised to learn that having a tooth removed is more comfortable than they expected.
Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction
Preserving a natural tooth is the top priority of any dentist, but there are many reasons that tooth extraction may need to be performed. In the event of a root canal infection, Dr. Hester will perform a root canal. If the infection is too advanced or if the treatment fails, a safe and gentle tooth extraction may be needed.
Tooth extraction can also address teeth that are severely decayed. The loss of natural tooth structure as a result of untreated decay can leave teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Decay can also lead to lingering oral pain and discomfort. Following your tooth extraction, you can enjoy the cessation of pain associated with advanced decay.
Not all extractions are performed for medical reasons. Each year, millions of Americans elect to have one or more wisdom teeth removed as a preventative treatment. Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 18 and 24 on average. By then, the adult teeth have already erupted and there may not be sufficient room for the wisdom teeth to emerge. When a tooth cannot erupt fully, it is said to be impacted. Impacted teeth are prone to cavities, infection, and other dental problems.
Having a tooth pulled may also be needed as part of an orthodontic treatment plan. Many orthodontists will want to ensure that your cosmetic results are not reversed following the eruption of one or more wisdom teeth. As a preventative measure, your orthodontist or dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed before you undergo orthodontic treatments using braces or Invisalign.
Dr. Hester will keep your comfort in mind throughout your procedure. Local anesthesia will be used to numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Once you are comfortable, a special tool will be used to gently loosen and extract your tooth. Gauze will then be placed to control bleeding. Patients should rest for the remainder of the day. You will be given detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. Most patients fully recover after a few days.
Either shortly after the extraction or after you have healed, you can have a dental implant placed. Implants are titanium posts that replace lost tooth roots. The advanced restoration preserves jawbone strength and offers unrivaled support and stability. Our office also offers traditional bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures.
Schedule Your Extraction Today
Safe and effective tooth extraction can relieve oral pain if you are suffering from an advanced infection. Tooth extractions are safely performed millions of times a year in this country. Once your tooth has been removed, you can gain candidacy for a quality restoration. To schedule your tooth extraction or to report an emergency visit, call (229) 247-3400.