Most patients react to a tooth extraction with a certain amount of fear or hesitance. It’s important to understand, though, that a tooth extraction is only recommended as a last resort, and it’s done to preserve the health of the rest of the teeth and mouth. At My Smyle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, we will first thoroughly examine your tooth and overall oral health before we can determine that a tooth extraction will be the best option for you.
A tooth extraction is not a go-to treatment for dentists. They will first consider all the restorative treatments possible. If a tooth is too badly damaged and there is no longer enough strong, healthy structure to support a restoration (such as a dental crown), an extraction is generally the only option left. Another reason an extraction would be needed is if a tooth is so decayed that the infection threatens the health of the rest of the mouth and can only be stopped by removing the tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth are another common reason for extraction.
It should be noted that, if an extraction is recommended by your dentist at My Smyle Dentistry, it’s best to act quickly; hesitating to extract a tooth that needs removal can allow the condition to worsen. It can eventually affect other teeth and oral tissues before falling out on its own.
There are two types of tooth extraction. The first is a simple extraction, in which the tooth is clearly visible above the gum line. In these cases, your doctor can use forceps to remove the tooth. The second type of extraction is surgical extraction. This will be needed if the tooth has not fully erupted or has sustained an injury below the gum line. Your dentist will have to cut into the gum tissue to access the tooth before removing it.
There are several options for replacing teeth that have been removed. These include dental crowns, bridges, and implants. If many teeth have been extracted, dentures could also be an option. Your dentist can present your options to you and discuss which would be most beneficial for your needs.
If you have been having trouble with one or more teeth, give us a call at My Smyle Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX. We will thoroughly examine your teeth to find a restorative treatment. If, however, it is found that the tooth cannot be saved, we are experienced and equipped to remove the tooth or teeth in a pain-free procedure.