It’s usually preferable to restore and save a damaged tooth. In some cases, however, the best option may be to remove the tooth—especially when the tooth is putting your oral health at risk. Our goal is always to save teeth, so we will do everything that we can to avoid tooth removal. However, sometimes a tooth may need to be taken out (extracted).
Replacing the tooth isn’t just good for your self-confidence; it’s also important for your overall dental health. When a tooth isn’t replaced, your teeth may shift, and you are likely to experience bone loss, which can eventually lead to further tooth loss.
If you have a damaged tooth that needs to be extracted, it’s important to work with a dentist you can trust. Dr. Kyle Nishimura has performed plenty of extractions and knows how to make your procedure more efficient and more comfortable.
Some of the reasons why teeth need to be extracted include:
- Extensive tooth decay/cavity or damage to the point where a tooth can no longer be repaired
- An abscess
- A fracture of a tooth through the root
- Failed root canal therapy
- Severe gum disease
- Trauma to the face and teeth
- Financial reasons in that trying to save the tooth would require too much of an investment to be worth it
We will first examine the area that is causing you pain or issues and determine if the tooth or teeth can be saved. If it can be saved, we will give you different options and review any associated costs.
If you then determine you prefer the extraction, or it turns out the tooth cannot be saved, we will review options for replacement.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
When these large molars grow in, sometimes there is simply not enough space for them. They can crowd the teeth that are already there. Sometimes these molars to fail to emerge, staying trapped in the gum--or “impacted.”
An impacted wisdom tooth is often painful and can lead to infection or swelling of the gum tissue. More serious problems, such as cysts or tumors, can also develop. Most dentists recommend these impacted wisdom teeth be removed shortly after they come in—usually around the ages 17 to 25.
Anxiety about Extractions
At Orange Grove Family Dentistry, we understand that extractions can seem intimidating. We offer sedations options that can help quell your anxiety and keep you relaxed throughout the procedure. If you’d like to learn more about these options, just give us a call so we can discuss them with you.
Oral Care after the Extraction
Make sure to follow Dr. Nishimura’s instructions about caring for the extraction site after the procedure. Avoid drinking through a straw and smoking; both can cause the healing clot that is forming to dislodge.
If you are feeling any discomfort, icing your cheeks outside the extraction site can give you some relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also alleviate your discomfort.
If you received a prescription to take after the procedure, please do so. And if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Call for an Evaluation
If you have a problem tooth that you think might need to be extracted, give us a call today. Don’t put off needed dental treatment—the problem will only get worse.
Dr. Nishimura will only extract a tooth as a last resort, so it’s worthwhile to talk to him about your concerns. Call us today!