Unfortunately, even with good oral hygiene practices a dental tooth extraction becomes necessary. Dentists will use every method of treatment available to them before extracting a tooth, but sometimes this method is the only option available to them. Losing a tooth can have a major impact on your appearance and oral health, but the professionals at Stonebridge Dental have ways to help keep both in tact should an dental tooth extraction become necessary.
There are a number of reasons you may need a dental tooth extraction. A few of these include:
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
- Orthodontic correction
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Severe tooth-decay
- Poorly or incorrectly positioned teeth
When deciding if a tooth extraction is necessary, your dentist will first perform a careful examination, and may attempt other treatment methods. If the extraction is recommended, they will then take an x-ray to get a better look at the position and shape of your tooth, as well as the surrounding bone. If an extraction is going to be particularly difficult, they may refer you to an oral surgeon or other specialist, though in most cases the extraction can be done in the office.
In order to keep you as comfortable as possible during the extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will either apply a local anesthetic, or IV sedation. The tooth will then either be pulled or surgically removed, depending on the extraction necessary. Once the tooth is removed you may be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze to minimize any bleeding that occurs. You may have some pain and swelling afterward for a day or so; your dentist will be able to recommend methods for dealing with these.
Keeping regular visits to your dentist is important to avoid any extractions becoming necessary. If you have been skipping regular checkups for any reason, or if you are due for your bi-annual visit, call Stonebridge Dental today for a consultation. Our caring and professional staff is committed to keeping your smile full and bright for as long as possible.
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