GUM DISEASE CAN LOOSEN OR SEVERELY DAMAGED TOOTH.
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
The best treatment is not needing treatment – if you have healthy teeth and gums! But what if you have a tooth that has decayed or fractured or has been compromised with periodontal disease? Our first priority would be to save the tooth – unlike the treatment you may have received back in the day. But for various reasons, including time and finances, the tooth in question may need to be extracted. Remember, your teeth are there for a reason, even a holistic reason where we now know is associated with your whole body health.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
We will make your visit comfortable and as painless as possible but your treatment doesn’t end there. We will discuss your options for replacing your lost tooth and restoring your optimal health, orally and systemically. Losing a tooth has a domino effect – when you lose one, others follow. Your teeth rely on each other for support and function. When both are lost due to an extraction, often teeth nearby will become compromised. We will help restore your proper function by offering you different restorative options such as bridges, implants and/or even orthodontics!
We will ask about your medical and dental histories and take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth.
If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, you may have a panoramic X-ray. This X-ray takes a picture of all of your teeth at once. It can show several things that help to guide an extraction:
- The relationship of your wisdom teeth to your other teeth.
- The upper teeth’s relationship to your sinuses.
- The lower teeth’s relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve. This nerve gives feeling to your lower jaw, lower teeth, lower lip and chin.
- Any infections, tumors or bone disease that may be present. Antibiotics may need to be taken before and after surgery.