We often employ fillings and crowns to help repair teeth and prevent issues that could cause tooth loss. However, sometimes a tooth cannot be treated with a restoration, and to be left in place means the risk of infection and tooth loss. In these scenarios, your Newhall, CA, dentist may recommend a gentle tooth extraction.
When Your Smile Needs an Extraction
If you have a severely damaged tooth, or a cavity or infection that has reached an adapted stage, this could mean a restoration isn’t enough to bring relief. Instead, delaying treatment could mean worsening pain and even tooth loss as the infection reaches other parts of your smile. An extraction could prevent this spread and safeguard the rest of your smile. Taking a tooth out could also make room for orthodontic treatment, so we can reposition your smile. If you have wisdom teeth ready to erupt, the removal process could prevent painful partial eruptions, known as impactions, as well as infection, misalignment, and damaged teeth.
Sedation and Tooth Removal
The process itself only takes about 30 minutes, and we make sure you have a comfortable treatment experience. In addition to administering a local anesthetic to the areas around the tooth, we will discuss dental sedation. We have a few options available, and these help you enter a deep state of calm with little or no memory of the procedure. We then gently remove the tooth with a pair of forceps. Afterward, we suture the area closed and you will return home with a find or family member. We will prescribe certain medications to keep you comfortable and facilitate a good healing period. After a day of rest, you can return to normal activities. We will remove sutures in a follow-up visit!
Moving Forward With Tooth Replacement
You don’t need to worry about replacing wisdom teeth, but losing a tooth to injury or other complications could mean a gap that impacts the alignment of your smile and your overall oral health. To fill the gap, we could use a dental bridge, dental implant, or even a partial denture. You then enjoy a full smile that looks and functions like a natural one. If you have pain in one or more of your teeth, let us know right away so we administer treatment and help preserve your smile. If you have missing teeth, remember that we have lifelike and durable prosthetics to restore function, health, and beauty to your smile once again.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Oral Surgery
We would like to discuss the best options for preserving the health and beauty of your smile. If you would like to find out more about how we safely extract a tooth, contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.