When your dentist suggests removing one of your teeth, it can come as a bit of a surprise. After all, the goal of dental care is to preserve the health of your teeth as much as possible. Sometimes, this can mean sacrificing a problem tooth to protect the rest of your mouth or create room for a new prosthetic. Rest assured we will resort to this option after exhausting all prior methods to save an injured member of your bite. We may extract the remaining shards of your tooth’s roots after decay has worn away too much material to receive a dental crown. You may also need removal if root canal therapy is unable to clear the infection from the inner pulp chamber of a tooth. Think of this procedure as the first step in returning a healthy bite!
At your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office, we can remove one of your teeth to begin planning a replacement prosthetic. Appliances such as dental bridges and implants can return both the look and feel of a real tooth. By placing a prosthetic after removing your tooth, you do not need to worry about an unsightly gap in your grin!
Why We Advise Removing A Tooth
When suggesting a tooth extraction, we do so in the best interests of your overall health. If all other preservation methods have not cured your condition, removing your tooth can help us begin repairing your smile. If you suffer from advanced dental loss and have few remaining teeth, we may suggest removing them to create space for a full denture. This procedure also helps prevent decay from spreading to surrounding teeth.
Extracting Your Problem Tooth
To begin removing your tooth, we will first apply a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. To enhance your comfort, we could also offer dental sedation if you desire. Using special equipment, we rock your tooth back and forth until it is removed from the socket. To prevent bleeding and aid your recovery, we pack the socket to help clots form. We will give careful instructions to help protect your mouth over the coming weeks as you heal.
Returning Your Smile With A Dental Restoration
To replace your missing tooth following your removal, we can plan a restoration to return your full smile! Options such as dental bridges, implants, and dentures can offer a lifelike appearance while returning important function to your bite. Depending on your degree of loss and jaw health, we can help decide which prosthetic works best for you!
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA, Dentist About Extracting One Of Your Teeth
If you would like to learn more about how we can remove your tooth and place a restoration, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143 to schedule an appointment today.