One of the main goals of restorative dentistry is to repair your natural teeth to restore their appearance and function. In some cases, your teeth may have suffered too much damage to be repaired and they must be removed to spare you from unnecessary discomfort and pain. When this is the case, our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group will complete an extraction to remove your damaged tooth and make way for other restorative efforts.
Why Are Extractions Needed?
Extractions are utilized when your tooth or teeth have suffered extensive damage. If a tooth has been damaged down to the root, our team may not be able to repair your tooth through the use of a dental crown. As a result, they will have to extract the tooth.
Severe decay is another reason that an extraction may be needed. If one of your teeth has become severely infected as a result of decay, it may need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection. Infected, decayed teeth not only affect your oral health, but they can also cause a substantial amount of pain and discomfort.
If our professionals determine that you need an extraction, they will either complete the procedure during that visit or schedule it for a later time. This will depend on whether or not you are experiencing any discomfort and if an infection is present. If you have an infection, our team may prescribe an oral antibiotic.
Prior to starting the procedure, they will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. Our professional will then take hold of the tooth with forceps and begin shifting it until it is freed from your gumline. Teeth that are impacted will require that an incision be made in your gum line so that it can be removed.
In some cases, our team may have to break the tooth as part of the extraction process. They will then remove the tooth in small fragments until all pieces are gone. This is necessary for teeth that are deeply embedded in your gumline. Our professional will then suture the surgical site so that your gums heal properly.
What Is Done After An Extraction?
After the extraction is complete, our team will provide you with aftercare instructions. They will advise you on what food and drinks you should avoid so that you do not irritate the extraction site during the healing process. If needed, our professional will prescribe you pain medications and antibiotics.
Once your damaged and decayed teeth have been removed, our team can help you choose a restoration method to replace these missing teeth. The methods available to you will depend on the location and number of teeth that are extracted and your overall oral health. If you are only missing a few consecutive teeth, our team may recommend a dental bridge. If you need a significant number of teeth extracted, they may recommend a more complete restoration such as dental implants.
If you have damaged or decayed teeth that are causing you discomfort, you may be in need of an extraction. Our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can perform this procedure for you and get you on the path to a healthier smile. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at 385 381-6464.