carmona-extractionDo you have an infected or seriously damaged tooth? If so, then the best course of action may not be placing a restoration. In some cases, removing a tooth completely is necessary to protect your smile and safeguard your oral health. When should your tooth be removed? What does the extraction process involve?

Try Our Tooth Removal Quiz

  1. True or False: The removal process will be comfortable.
  2. True or False: Often, extraction can protect your oral health.
  3. True or False: Wisdom teeth often need removal.
  4. True or False: We can discuss replacement options.

Answer Key

  1. True. We can administer a local anesthetic and also discuss sedation options to help nervous patients feel calm and relaxed during the procedure. We want the experience to be comfortable for you.
  2. True. If a tooth is severely damaged or infected, then in later stages extraction is necessary to prevent the tooth from dying and allowing infection to spread to surrounding teeth. After we remove the tooth we can administer extraction site preservation, filling the place where the root once was. Doing so helps prevent jawbone deterioration (which occurs because the body stops supplying crucial nutrients to the jawbone around the missing tooth) and can strengthen the jaw for patients receiving a dental implant.
  3. True. Your third molars typically arrive in your late teens or early 20s. Often, the eruption of four additional molars can lead to impaction, infection, misalignment, and damaged teeth. Fortunately, we can remove them before they even erupt in many cases.
  4. True. While wisdom teeth don’t require replacement, we can provide new teeth in place of the ones removed due to damage or infection. We can discuss dental implants, dental bridges, or possibly even a partial denture. If you have any questions about extraction or tooth replacement, then please contact our office today.
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