Tooth Removal / Extractions
Tooth Extractions From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
Ideally, with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your teeth should last your lifetime. Sometimes things do not go as planned, however, and you find yourself with a decayed or damaged tooth that needs to be removed. Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Thomas Peltzer at Gentle Dental Care can take great care of you even in wisdom tooth extractions, whether you need a simple or complex extraction. We have the expertise to make your experience pain-free and comfortable, and we will advise you about your tooth replacement options.
Tooth removals in this office are extremely routine because we have incorporated a lot of the latest techniques in terms of conservative treatment where in the old days there would be a major surgery performed and weeks of healing and that sort of thing. Now days we utilize newer instruments that are utilized to take the tooth out without having to cut the gum at all or anything of that nature. The socket is there and it heals a lot faster, it is a lot less traumatic to the bone and to the patient so the post-operative discomfort is way less than it otherwise would be. That, combined with the appropriate medications in advance of the procedure or after the procedure to control issues that might develop virtually eliminates any complications. I can’t remember the last time we had a complication with a wisdom tooth or a dry socket. People think of extractions as like one of the most scary things in dentistry and it is not at all uncommon, in fact, I’m going to say every week somebody will say to me “the tooth is out already, I can’t believe it, that’s unbelievable. The last dentist took 45 minutes to take my tooth out and you did it in 4 minutes”. I get a lot of personal satisfaction hearing that kind of thing because it changes people’s lives and they aren’t worried about it the next time around if they need that again.
When Should a Tooth Be Removed?
There are three main reasons a tooth should be removed: infection, gum disease, and crowding in the mouth.
- Infection – When tooth decay goes unchecked, the center of the tooth (called the pulp) can become infected with bacteria. If caught in the early stages, it can be treated with antibiotics, a filling, or root canal therapy. But if the tooth cannot be saved, it needs to be removed. An extraction is to remove the problem tooth, but also to protect the rest of your mouth and your body from infection. Patients with compromised immune systems may need to get a decaying tooth pulled to eliminate even the risk of infection that their body cannot fight off.
- Periodontal Disease – Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is the infection of the tissues and bones that support the teeth. In advanced gum disease, teeth become loose in their sockets and sometimes fall out. If the support structure is too badly damaged, the affected teeth need to be removed.
- Crowding – When your mouth has too many teeth, sometimes it is necessary to remove one or more teeth to make room for others to grow in and to avoid impaction. Another reason to remove select teeth is to prevent alignment or bite problems that occur when teeth shift positions to make room for eru
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