One of the main goals of dentistry is to preserve your oral health. This often means providing treatments to restore damaged or decayed teeth. By restoring your teeth, they can remain where they are. However, even with the best oral care possible, sometimes it is just not possible to save a tooth. Trying to do so could be much more harmful. Rather than trying to save a failing tooth, Advanced Dental Associates can help to restore and protect your oral health with an extraction.
Why Can’t a Tooth Be Saved?
There are many different types of restorative treatments designed to help preserve damaged, decayed teeth. These treatments include such things as fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns, and root canals. These treatments restore the strength of the tooth, all while protecting it and allowing it to remain in its socket.
In some cases, including extracting wisdom teeth, restoring a tooth may just not be possible. The tooth could be too badly damaged, rendering a crown ineffective. The same can happen in the event of substantial tooth decay. If there is not enough healthy tooth remaining, the crown will not be properly supported. In cases of advanced gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss, your teeth may have lost all support from the ligaments and bone surrounding them. In these situations, it may be in your best interest to remove and replace the teeth rather than attempt to save them.
How is a Tooth Extracted?
If you have been recommended a tooth extraction, it is because we have determined that it is the best interest of your oral health, as well as your whole-body health. There are two ways in which necessary teeth can be removed. There is a simple extraction, which is typically performed when the affected tooth is visible above the gum line. There is also a surgical extraction, which is performed under more complicated circumstances, such a tooth broken below the gums or a tooth stuck beneath the gumline. Based on your exact situation, we can help to determine the best course of action to provide you with the best results.
Is the Process Painful?
Tooth extractions, whether simple or surgical, are not painful. This is because you are given a local anesthetic, which numbs the tooth, and surrounding tissues. All you feel during the extraction is pressure. It is not uncommon to experience some pain after your extraction, but this pain can often be managed with over the counter pain relievers and will go away with time.
How are My Extracted Teeth Replaced?
Following most tooth extractions, the next step is replacing the teeth that were removed. There are many different ways in which this can be done. The type of solution you chose will depend upon how many teeth are extracted, your current health, and your personal preference. Traditional options for tooth replacement include bridges, partial dentures, and complete dentures. For a more permanent solution, we can also replace missing teeth with dental implants.
Tooth extractions may not be the preferred solution, but sometimes they are necessary for your oral health. For more information, call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today.