When Does A Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

santa rosa tooth extractionWhen a tooth is so damaged or compromised that it cannot be repaired, extraction could be the best choice to prevent major oral health complications. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons will discuss how we complete a general extraction, and how we move forward with tooth replacement.

Cases That Require Dental Extraction

We may need to take a tooth that has become severely damaged or decayed, or one with infection. Otherwise, the infection could reach other parts of the smile! Extraction could address teeth loosened by gum disease, or help in an orthodontic procedure by making room to reposition the rest of the smile. If you have wisdom teeth threatening to erupt and alter the appearance, function, and health of your smile, we could remove them before this occurs. If you have a diseased tooth, or only a handful of teeth remaining, extraction could prepare your smile for the placement of dental implant dentures.

Ensuring Comfort with Sedation

No matter the cause of your extraction, we want to ensure you feel comfortable during the procedure. For example, our team will administer a local numbing agent to the area where the removal will take place. We also have dental sedation, which helps you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. We have three different levels of varying strength, and the option we prescribe will depend on factors such as your medical history or your anxiety levels.

Removal and Tooth Replacement

We gently remove the tooth with a pair of forces, and then suture the area closed. We also offer ridge preservation, in which we add a special medicated material to the socket to prevent one resorption. Once the area heals, this means the bone structure is now ready to support a new dental implant. While wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced, losing a tooth for any other reason could leave a gap in your smile that needs attention. Dental implants not only look and function like natural teeth but they preserve your jawbone density and could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime!

If you have any questions about how we address missing teeth, or about the extraction process, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Our Procedures?

Our team wants to pave the way for tooth replacement and better oral health by removing teeth comfortably. To learn more about how we gently remove compromised teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625. We offer an array of oral and maxillofacial procedures to protect and preserve your smile!