When Does A Tooth Need Extraction?

celina tooth extractionWhen possible, we strive to preserve your natural teeth, repairing them with restorations like fillings and crowns. But sometimes very serious oral health concerns arise that could threaten the rest of the smile. Which is why your Celina, TX, dentist may offer relief with a safe and gentle tooth extraction.

When Teeth Need Removal

A tooth extraction could be necessary if a tooth is too decayed or infected to be treated with a root canal, as leaving it in place could allow infection to reach other parts of the smile. We could also prescribe the procedure if a tooth is too damaged for repair, or has become loosened due to gum disease. Removal could also be used as part of orthodontic treatment, or to improve overall bite function and balance. But the most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. In our late teens and early 20s, up to four new teeth could erupt in the rear of the mouth. Without treatment to address this, they could become partially erupted, also known as an impaction, and lead to misalignment, damaged teeth, infection and more. Removal helps prevent these major complications for a smile’s function, health, and appearance.

Ensuring Your Comfort

We always want our patients to feel comfortable when they seek care with us. In addition to a local anesthesia to the area being treated, we could also discuss sedation. Dental sedation helps people, particularly those with anxiety, enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. The effects sometimes take a bit to wear off, so you should arrange for a friend or a family member to bring you home.

Tooth Extraction

When you’re comfortable, we will gently remove the teeth in question with a pair of forceps. The process will be planned and guided with digital technology, so we can ensure a safe and gentle removal without complication. Following the extraction, your friend or family member will take you home, along with detailed aftercare instructions and precision for any necessary medications. We will see you in a follow up to remove any sutures. While wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced, we could address gaps in the smiles if you lose a tooth to damage or decay. With bridges, dental implants, or full or partial dentures, we can address tooth loss and ensure optimal oral health and beauty moving forward.

If you have any questions about how and why we extract teeth, then contact our team today.

Contact Us To Learn More About Tooth Extraction

We would like to help you continue to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Newton, by calling (214) 851-0130.