Tooth Extractions Can Actually Save Your Smile!
- May 9, 2016
Welcome to our oral health blog! At Gentle Dental Care, we take community education seriously. It is a big part of our comprehensive dentistry program at our Plainville, CT practice.
Today we want to talk about a tough topic: tooth extractions in adults. When this has to happen, there won’t be any tooth fairies coming around to celebrate it as a rite of passage. But you can take some comfort in knowing that such a procedure can actually save your smile.
When would an extraction make sense? We’ll walk through some of those situations. When you are done reading this post, get in-touch if you think you could benefit from a more in-depth consultation and we’ll set it all up for you.
Preemptive extractions are usually in order when a soon-to-emerge wisdom tooth (or several) is posing a threat to the neighboring teeth. No one seems to mind these scenarios much. And you may never have to experience it, if you are lucky.
Whenever there is extensive damage or decay, your options become more limited. Keep in mind, our goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. But if the tooth is too damaged to be saved by a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we might just have to explore an extraction.
Once advanced gum disease has ravaged your gums and underlying bone, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by traditional gum disease treatment. In this type of situation, the tooth must be removed and replaced with an implant. Did you know that gum disease actually accounts for most of the tooth loss in American adults? What’s more, it attacks your body’s other systems.
To restore your smile after adult tooth loss has occurred, it may be necessary to extract some more for dentures to work. Complete dentures or overdentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so this removal may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. It will be better for you in the end.
This one takes folks by surprise sometimes. But your orthodontist might just recommend tooth extraction if your mouth is overcrowded. Obviously, there is a good reason, braces do need room to be able to move your teeth into proper placement. When all is said and done, braces will improve the health and appearance of your smile, boost your confidence, and so forth. So, it will be worth it.
Pulling Teeth The Pain-Free Way
In the event that you are the right sort of candidate for an extraction procedure, we will begin with a complete oral examination. We actually start by taking detailed images of your mouth so that we can better see the structure of your tooth and extract it safely.
Once we have a plan in-place, we will numb the area around your damaged tooth. If the crown of your tooth is visible above your gum line, we can do a simple extraction. In the event that your tooth is broken off at the gumline or is impacted, like wisdom teeth often can be, we may surgically remove your tooth.
Don’t worry, if you are at all on-edge about the treatment, we can set you up with one of our great sedation options to help relax your fears. We are the “gentle dentists,” after all.
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Our Connecticut crew can figure out if tooth extraction is the solution that makes the most sense for you. At Gentle Dental Care, we always provide safe and pleasant tooth removal for both children and adults patients. We’ll make it as convenient and painless as we possibly can. Contact us now to get started!