In most cases, extracting a tooth is not ideal, unless you have wisdom teeth. A dentist’s goal is always going to be saving your natural teeth. However, sometimes removing the problem completely is the best course of action. When you come to Nabors Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we will explore various options before settling on an extraction procedure.
Extractions can be simple or complex, depending on the position of the tooth. If the tooth is impacted, it’s obstructed from breaking through the gum, creating the need for a surgical procedure that is much more involved. The dentist will often have to cut away the gum, remove some of the bone, or divide the tooth into smaller pieces.
If the tooth is already exposed, we will typically use an elevator tool to uproot the tooth. You will often feel some pressure, but the procedure itself is pain-free thanks to a local anesthetic.
Tooth extractions are the last line of defense to protect your oral health. If we recommend a procedure to remove your tooth, it’s because it can’t be saved through other means. Other alternatives we will consider include root canals, crowns, and dental fillings.
This treatment can save the issues affecting one tooth from spreading to the rest of the mouth. However, we do strongly recommend getting a restoration to replace the missing tooth. The empty space can cause various oral health problems like teeth shifting and a decrease in bone density. It can even cause facial sagging, which can hurt your appearance.
If you’re experiencing pain and think you might need a tooth extraction, contact the experts at Nabors Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.