At RGC Dentistry, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Sometimes, though, in order to protect your oral health, a tooth extraction is required. We always consider this a last resort, and we strive to make the process as comfortable and smooth as possible for you.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
There are a number of circumstances that would require a tooth extraction, including:
- Wisdom teeth – Third molars will need to be removed if there’s no space for them, they are impacted (stuck beneath the gum line), or you can’t brush and floss them properly.
- Deep decay – Tooth decay that has reached your root, caused an infection, and is now beyond what a root canal can repair will require an extraction to prevent damage to other healthy teeth.
- Crowding – Patients having orthodontic treatment may need some teeth extracted if their teeth are too close together and there isn't enough space in their jaw.
- A deep crack or fracture – A tooth that has been fractured to the point where it is affecting the root may need to be removed.
- Periodontitis – Advanced periodontal (gum) disease may cause tooth loss.
If your tooth is infected and you’ve been told you need an extraction, it is important not to delay your treatment as a dental infection may spread to neighboring teeth or other critical areas of your body.
The Extraction Process
Dr. Call performs many extraction procedures here at our office; however, if an extraction is very complex, she may recommend a trusted oral surgeon for the procedure.
At RGC Dentistry, we strive to make every treatment procedure as comfortable as possible, and extractions are no exception. Dr. Call uses the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you are completely numb and you don’t feel anything during your procedure. Nitrous oxide can be used to help patients feel more relaxed during their extraction as needed.
Your team at RGC Dentistry will also be on hand to support you throughout your recovery process if you should have any questions or concerns.
Tooth Replacement Options
If your tooth that is being removed is not a wisdom tooth, it is a good idea to think about replacing it as soon as possible in order to protect your oral health. Tooth loss can lead to bone deterioration and your healthy teeth shifting and tilting without a replacement.
Dr. Call can discuss your tooth replacement options with you to help you decide the treatment that bests fits your budget and lifestyle, and we can guide you through the process from start to finish.
We are here for you! If you’ve been told you need a tooth extracted or you’re suffering from dental pain, contact RGC Dentistry to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you.