When a tooth can no longer be repaired, and could actually lead to infection and major complications, we may remove it. But don’t worry, we always ensure our tooth extractions are comfortable and effective. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about general tooth extraction.
When You Need A Tooth Extracted
When should you seek a tooth extraction from an oral surgeon? We could preserve this for teeth too infected or decayed to be treated with an extraction, the same goes for one too damaged as well. Your orthodontist may refer you so we can remove a tooth and make room to correct the smile. Extraction could prevent the complications of wisdom tooth eruption, preserving the health, function, and beauty of your smile before a painful impaction occurs. We could take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or remove teeth to make room for the placement of dental implant dentures too. In many cases we work alongside your general dentist and orthodontist, so you can continue treatment without delay.
Taking Steps to Ensure Comfort
We know having a tooth removed can make you nervous, but we want to ensure everyone enjoys a comfortable and relaxing office visit. For example, our team can administer a local anesthetic to the area around the teeth in question. In addition, we have dental sedation. With nitrous, oxide, oral sedation, or IV, we have three options to choose from to help you enter a deep state of calm and relaxation, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. The option we choose will depend on your anxiety levels, age, weight, and medical history.
When you’re calm and comfortable, our edam will then gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and suture the area closed afterward. We could also apply a medicated material to help preserve the site too. The entire process could take as little as 30 minutes to complete. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions for medications to facilitate a complication-free healing period. You should rest for a day and will likely return to normal activities after a day or two of rest. You can see us for a follow up to remove sutures if necessary.
If the removed teeth leave a gap behind, we could discuss durable and lifelike replacement using dental implants. They can replace a single missing tooth, or secure a fixed denture to ensure a full and beautiful smile.
Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?
We want to help our patients enjoy a full and stunning smile, one that preserves their youthful features. If you would like to learn more about treating missing teeth, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.