When your dentist cannot save a tooth heavily damaged from trauma, decay, or other problems, you need teeth extractions. Lovett Dental understands you do not want to lose permanent teeth. But when you must, you have multiple replacement options. You can get through your extraction and restore your smile to its permanent, natural-looking glory.
Teeth extractions remove one or more teeth from their sockets in your mouth. Lovett Dental’s oral surgeons, general dentists, or periodontists perform this procedure.
A dentist’s goal, just like your own, is keeping your smile intact and in place in your mouth. But sometimes, things happen in life that make this impossible. The good news is that we live in a time of many dental advancements. Losing teeth does not have to set back your chewing, talking, biting, or smiling. In fact, a good dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon take care of your teeth extractions and helps you enjoy a healthier smile as a result.
Five key reasons exist for teeth extractions. These include:
Lovett Dental does not perform teeth extractions without knowing no other options exist to save your tooth. The first step to diagnosing a need for extraction is thoroughly examining your mouth, teeth, and gums. Your dentist uses dental X-rays and years of experience to make this decision. When you cannot avoid the procedure, your dentist ensures you feel an as little discomfort as possible.
Teeth extractions start with anesthesia. Your dentist uses local anesthesia around the affected tooth. Your comfort comes first, and no work begins until you feel comfortable.
Two types of tooth extraction exist. These include simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions remove teeth already visible in your mouth, usually under local anesthesia. Surgical tooth extraction occurs when your tooth is either not fully erupted into your mouth or breaks at or beneath the gum line.
Surgical extraction sometimes involves elevating the soft tissues that cover your tooth. The dentist breaks the tooth into several pieces to make removal easier, usually after you receive general anesthesia.
Of course, anytime you face tooth extraction, you must feel comfortable asking questions about the procedure. Having a dentist who communicates well with you and one you trust makes treatment much easier. Then, when you go into the dentist’s office for your extraction appointment, you feel more relaxed and comfortable with the procedure.
After your teeth extractions, you must heal before restorations take place. The time required for this healing depends on the extraction and other factors. Before removing your existing tooth, your dentist talks to you about your restoration options, the steps involved, and how long you can expect the recovery to take.
Restorations include bridges, removable dentures, implant-supported dentures, and dental implants. Because the implants last a lifetime and provide both the look and feel of natural teeth, about 500,000 Americans receive implants each year. You maintain these artificial teeth just like your other natural ones. Only you and your Lovett Dental dentist know which of your teeth are natural and which are implants.
You can relax in knowing that your teeth extractions take place in capable, trustworthy, and highly experienced hands at Lovett Dental. Your dental team cares about your comfort and relaxation for each of your visits, whether for routine exams and cleanings or more complex procedures like teeth extractions.
Other key dental services we provide include:
Everyone at Lovett Dental wants you to love your smile and how we care for it. Contact Lovett Dental today at 832.990.8754, or contact us online to schedule your next visit. Get the answers you need to your teeth extractions questions, as well as for other types of dental procedures.