At Swansboro Family dentistry, we try to avoid tooth extractions whenever possible. Sometimes, however, removing a troubled tooth is the best way to protect your smile. You can rest assured that our dentists and our entire team will provide comfortable and efficient tooth extractions when necessary, and also help you replace your missing tooth.
The Main Reasons for Dental Extractions
While teeth require extraction for a multitude of reasons, here are some of the main oral health conditions we address:
A diseased tooth – Severe gum disease or deep decay may render the tooth non-vital. When root canal treatment is not an option, extraction will relieve pain associated with infection.
A tooth broken at the gumline – If there is enough healthy tooth structure remaining, we will likely recommend a dental crown, but if the tooth is broken at or below the gumline, removing it will open the door to dental implants or a bridge to restore your oral health.
Preparation for dentures – If you want to replace all of your teeth on the upper or lower arch with complete dentures, removing your remaining teeth will make this possible. In most cases, if you have healthy teeth remaining, we will recommend partial dentures instead.
Orthodontic treatment – In cases of overcrowding, removing two or more teeth can make room in the jaw to properly align the teeth with braces.
Unsuccessful root canal treatment – When root canal treatment fails to resolve the condition, removing the tooth will pave the way to finding a comfortable and aesthetic solution.
How We Perform Dental Extractions
First, we know that you probably have some anxiety about having a tooth extracted – not only physically, but also emotionally. At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we put your comfort first and will ensure your treatment is pain-free.
To prepare for the dental extraction, we will need to take a dental x-ray to determine what's going on with the tooth or teeth.
In most cases, stitches will not be necessary, unless the tooth has yet to erupt through the gums. Once the extraction is complete, it is best to avoid drinking anything through a straw or smoking because the suction can dislodge the healing tissue, causing a painful dry socket.
It’s also best to avoid chewing near the extraction site and to stick with soft foods for a few days. If you feel an achy discomfort once the anesthetic wears off, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication is usually enough to resolve it.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is important. A gap in the smile enables teeth to shift, disrupting healthy bite function. Missing teeth also make it difficult to speak and chew properly.
We offer the following tooth replacements in our Swansboro dental office:
- Dental implants
- Partial Dentures
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are looking for a dentist to extract a tooth, we welcome you to get in touch, and we will help you make an informed choice for your oral health.