When possible, we employ restorative dentistry to repair and rebuild teeth that have been damaged or severely decayed, such as fillings or crowns. But sometimes oral health concerns develop that require the removal of a tooth. Our Greenwood, IN, dental office can prescribe a tooth extraction to help prevent further complications for your smile.
When Smiles Need an Extraction
As we mentioned above, we reverse this procedure for teeth we cannot restore using crowns or other methods. When a tooth is removed, this is because it poses a threat to your overall oral health. For example, a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth could allow infection to spread to the teeth or into the jaw. We may take one out to aid in orthodontic treatment, or to improve overall bite balance and ease jaw joint strain. As patients enter adulthood, we could recommend extraction to remove wisdom teeth before they erupt, as their arrival could mean impaction, misalignment, and the risk of decay or infection.
Ensuring Your Comfort
We know that the possibility of oral surgery could make people feel uncomfortable, especially if they have anxiety about visiting the dentist. But don’t worry, we never minizine your concerns and are happy to address your questions or concerns. We also have treatments to help ensure you stay comfortable and enjoy a positive experience at our office. In addition to local anesthesia for the areas being treated, we could discuss dental sedation to help you enter a calm and more related state during treatment.
The Extraction Process and Aftercare
Our team will examine your smile in detail, using digital x-rays to assess the position of the teeth being removed, and to also identify blood vessels, sinus cavities, and nerve tissues so we can avoid them. We then administer anesthesia and sedation, and once you’re comfortable, our team can move forward with the extraction. The process could take as little as 30 minutes, but could sometimes take longer, depending on the complexity of the procedure. We remove the teeth with a pair of forceps and suture the area closed.
Afterward, we will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure the area can heal without complication. Our team could also provide a prescription for medications to aid in the healing process and keep you comfortable. We will remove sutures and make sure the area is healing properly in a follow-up visit. If you have any questions about how we plan and conduct a tooth extraction, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Greenwood, IN Dentist About Removing Compromised Teeth
When we remove teeth that would otherwise impact your oral health and stability, we protect your smile. If you would like to find out more, call our Greenwood, IN dental practice at (317) 535-7141.