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It may sound counter-intuitive but sometimes in dentistry tooth removal is what is needed to save your smile.
In today’s post, we’ll talk about when an extraction makes sense, and what to do if you suspect you could benefit from such a procedure (spoiler alert: call us!).
Preemptive extractions are usually in order when wisdom teeth begin posing a threat to the neighboring teeth. With these teeth, you’ll never know they are gone!
If there is extensive damage or decay, you don’t have a lot of options left. Obviously, our goal is to save your original teeth whenever we can. But if your tooth is too far gone to be salvaged with a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we might have to look into an extraction procedure.
If gum disease has wreaked havoc on your gums and supporting bone structure, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by the usual gum disease treatment methods.
The tooth will need to be removed and replaced with an artificial implant. Gum disease accounts for most of the tooth loss in adults living in the U.S. And, beware, it attacks your body’s other systems too.
After tooth loss, it may be necessary to extract some more teeth for dentures to work properly. Complete dentures or over-dentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so this removal may also be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced.
Your orthodontist might recommend tooth extraction if your mouth is overcrowded. Obviously, there is a good reason, braces do need room to be able to move your teeth into proper placement. By the time they are through, braces will improve the health and appearance of your smile, boost your confidence, etc.
Our Extraction Process
Don’t worry, extraction will always include local anesthesia, and we’ll certainly help you get more comfortable through one of our sedation dentistry techniques. You can sit back and relax while we extract your tooth the pain-free way. Depending on the level of sedation you choose, you may not even remember the big event.
Once the tooth removal process is complete, we’ll protect the socket with gauze. We’ll then have you apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. This generally takes an hour or less. Just so you know, an extracted tooth can take some time to heal, up to two weeks.
At that point we’ll need to decide on the replacement that is the best fit for you (implants, bridges, and the like).
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If you need an extraction procedure, call our San Antonio office today at 210-819-5233 to relieve the discomfort you are feeling and further protect your oral health!