When a Tooth Must Be Removed
For the sake of your dental health, it is preferable to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure whenever possible. The various methods of restorative dentistry typically focus on that goal; however, sometimes, extraction is the only way to save the teeth and tissues surrounding a tooth. Though tooth extraction is usually a last resort, you should not hesitate if the procedure is recommended.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Extracting a tooth is only recommended when the tooth cannot be saved, or when trying to save it poses an undue risk to the rest of your dental health. Impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause crowding and damage among your other teeth, are among the most commonly extracted teeth, as well as;
- Teeth that have suffered extreme tooth decay (especially if root canal therapy has already failed)
- Severely damaged teeth that cannot be restored with a dental crown
- Teeth with cracked or fractured roots, which usually cannot be fixed
- Teeth that might interfere with restorative or orthodontic treatment
What to Do Afterwards
If you undergo oral dental sedation for your procedure, then you may need to bring a responsible adult to drive you home afterwards. You should plan to rest and recuperate for the next couple of days by taking time off of work and refraining from physical exertion. We will discuss case-specific after-care instructions and prescribe medication, if necessary, as well as antibiotics to fight infection and promote healing. We can also discuss options for replacing extracted teeth, such as dental implants, to restore your smile’s cosmetic appeal and ability to function. After the extraction, you may experience some discomfort, which should subside after two or three days. If it continues, however, then schedule a visit as soon as possible so we can inspect the site for trouble.