EXTRACTIONS & PRESERVATION

While our goal is to help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime, sometimes teeth need to be removed. Wisdom teeth, extra teeth, or very crowded teeth present situations that may mean treatment involving removal. In some cases, severely decayed or cracked teeth, or those missing large amounts of supporting bone leave extraction as the only viable option.

Regardless of your dental needs, your comfort is always our number one priority. We’ll discuss your unique situation and determine the best way to help you receive the treatment you need. Few patients look forward to any minor surgical procedure, but today’s methods provide the safest, least invasive care possible.

Extractions

Extractions

Despite the best intentions, teeth sometimes need to be removed. Regardless of the situation, this minor surgical procedure can be brought together in a way that considers your short and long-term concerns. From anxiety control to planning for tooth replacement, we’ll factor in every aspect of your case.

Oral Surgery

Minor surgical procedures are sometimes necessary to treat dental issues. Defects in the bone or supporting gum tissue may require repair with simple, yet precise surgical techniques.

Oral Surgery
Root Canals

Root Canals

While many patients are concerned about root canals, modern dentistry often makes this procedure as quick and simple as any other procedure. Infected teeth in danger of removal can be disinfected and filled with a sealer, leaving a safe solution for problematic situations.

Bone Grafting

The bone around your teeth is special and doesn’t regenerate when it’s lost. Your teeth rely on this bony foundation to remain stable and functional, and even small defects can compromise your ability to maintain a tooth. Sometimes we can repair these defects by adding bone grafting materials.

Bone Grafting

Frequently Asked Questions

Why might a tooth extraction be necessary?

Tooth extractions are typically necessary for severely damaged or decayed teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or to create space for orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will recommend extractions when other options are not viable.

Is tooth extraction a painful procedure?

Tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that the procedure itself is painless. After the extraction, your dentist will provide instructions for managing any discomfort during the healing process.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

The recovery time varies but usually takes a few days to a couple of weeks. Following post-extraction care instructions, such as avoiding certain foods and activities, will contribute to a smoother recovery.

What is the process for preserving extracted teeth for future use?

Teeth can be preserved for potential future use, such as dental implants or other restorative procedures. The dentist will properly store the extracted tooth in a preservation solution to maintain its integrity.

Can a preserved tooth be used for dental implants later on?

Yes, a preserved tooth can be a viable option for dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate the tooth’s condition and discuss whether it is suitable for the intended restoration.

When is tooth preservation recommended, and how is it done?

Tooth preservation is recommended when a tooth is extracted for reasons other than decay or damage. The dentist will use a preservation solution to maintain the tooth’s structure for potential future use.

Are there alternatives to tooth extraction for damaged teeth?

In some cases, alternatives to extraction, such as root canal therapy or dental crowns, may be considered to save a damaged tooth. The decision depends on the extent of damage and the overall oral health.

What precautions should be taken after a tooth extraction to avoid complications?

After a tooth extraction, it’s crucial to follow post-extraction care instructions, including avoiding vigorous activities, not smoking, and adhering to any prescribed medications to prevent complications like infection.

Can wisdom teeth be preserved after extraction?

Wisdom teeth can be preserved if they are extracted and deemed suitable for potential future use. The decision will depend on the condition of the wisdom tooth and the individual’s oral health needs.

How can I minimize discomfort after a tooth extraction?

To minimize discomfort after a tooth extraction, follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions, including taking prescribed pain medications, applying ice packs, and avoiding certain foods and activities that may hinder healing.

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