Helping Preserve Your Long-Lasting Oral Health
While it’s always our top priority to try and save your natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes oral health concerns such as advanced periodontal disease makes removing affected teeth the ideal option. Whether other issues like impacted wisdom teeth, injury or decay have damaged your teeth beyond traditional restoration, extraction helps restore your smile to its optimal health.
Our periodontist, Dr. Danny Joseph, performs tooth extractions for preserving the integrity of your smile with precision and compassion. Contact our office today if you’re experiencing dental pain, or loose and decaying teeth today. We are happy to provide you with further information about treatment and address any concerns you may have.
When Is Extraction the Most Beneficial For Your Smile?
When meeting with our team for treatment, we first evaluate your situation to ensure tooth removal is necessary. This involves determining the state of the tooth, and the impact it could have on your overall oral health.
In many cases, it’s more proactive and cost-effective to perform extraction and discuss replacement options afterward. This allows for your treatment to follow a timeline that is both ideal for improving your health and convenient while resolving pain and discomfort.
Tooth removal may be necessary if the following complications cannot be alleviated through a root canal or other restoration:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
Our periodontist performs extractions as part of a larger treatment plan to improve your oral health and save your smile from further damage. Once teeth are removed, solutions such as dental implants can replace them from root to crown.
Impacted wisdom teeth can pose a threat to your dental well-being. Because your mouth can only hold so many teeth, these extra third molars may shift surrounding teeth, causing an uncomfortable bite and misalignment which increases your chances for infection.
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. Dr. Joseph sits down with you to discuss your exact reason for tooth removal and why it’s necessary. This allows for complete comfort and confidence in your care when receiving treatment with us.
After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Our team provides skilled extractions while taking an educational approach with you for complete tooth removal and ensuring your smile stays healthy for many years to come. Don’t let the repercussions of gum disease or dental pain impact your daily life any longer, contact us today for effective care.