Your permanent, adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But if a tooth is cracked, broken, or decayed, it might be time for a tooth removal procedure, also known as a tooth extraction.
There are several reasons why removing a tooth may be the best solution for your smile.
Because we always want to partner with you concerning your dental care, we will always share our training and diagnostic information. This will allow you to make the best decision regarding your smile.
First, we will take some digital X-rays and complete all necessary exams to make absolutely sure extraction is the only option remaining. If it is, then we will thoroughly clean the area near the tooth. Once the area is clean, we use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area to remove any pain or discomfort. Dental sedation is also an option, and we would discuss both well beforehand. Then we will use our modern tools to remove the unhealthy tooth.
After your tooth removal, we will give you some guidelines for rest and speeding up the healing process. Some patients experience mild swelling afterward, which can be handled with ice or cold packs. Soft foods will be necessary, and you shouldn’t brush the area until it’s had some time to heal. Painkillers can be prescribed. We would also discuss your options for filling the gap, such as dental implants or dental bridges. Modern technology and techniques have made teeth extractions a much simpler procedure.