Whenever your dentist says it is time to extract one of your teeth, you may be quite surprised. After all, the goal of oral health is to prevent damage to your teeth and gums and prevent the loss of teeth! But what you may come to learn is that by safely removing one of your teeth, you can preserve the health of your mouth when no other treatment is applicable. This can mean preventing the spread of a dangerous infection or removing broken teeth that lack the structure necessary to bond a restorative crown. Think of your tooth extraction as simply the first step in placing a prosthetic replacement when treating a problem tooth.
At your Newport Beach, CA, dentist’s office, we perform extractions after exhausting all other options to save your injured tooth. After removal, we will work with you to design a replacement tooth that returns your bite and the appearance of your full smile! This means that removing your tooth does not have to mean suffering a permanent hole in your grin.
The Decision To Remove Your Tooth
At Balboa Dental Surgery, we place importance on preserving the health of each one of your teeth. This means that when we suggest removing a tooth, it is a necessary procedure to protect the remaining members of your mouth. This can be the result of a root canal therapy that fails to fully remove a bacterial infection that left untreated, could spread throughout your body. Sometimes we treat teeth that experience decay so severe, no filling or dental crown could properly attach.
Comforting Patients During The Removal Process
The first step in removing your tooth is numbing the surrounding area to ensure comfort during the procedure. The use of local anesthetic can help reduce the fear of a painful experience. We then loosen your tooth from its socket using special tools and apply continual force until it comes out. To prevent bleeding, we then pack the socket with gauze to begin your recovery. We will issue instructions for caring for your mouth over the following weeks, such as applying an ice pack to help reduce your swelling. Make sure to ask questions about your recovery, and do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect complications.
Placing An Implant
After you recover from your extraction, we can discuss placing a dental implant to return the appearance and function of your missing tooth. By inserting a titanium post into your extraction site, your implant will secure permanently in your jaw to provide desirable biting ability.
Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA, Dentist About Treating Your Problem Tooth
When other attempts to save your tooth fail, we can safely remove it and plan a restoration that returns your bite. For more information and to book a consult, contact Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery at (949) 630-0143.