When possible, we will repair a tooth with a restoration, such as a crown, when damage is sustained or decay/infection develops. However, if an issue or injury occurs that cannot be restored with a crown or filling, then extraction could protect your smile. Our Albany, NY dental office discusses when teeth need to be removed, and how we do so comfortably!
The Reasons A Tooth Needs Removal
When a tooth can be repaired or saved, then extraction is often the right choice to avoid major complications with the health and stability of your smile. For example, if a tooth is broken, fractured, or decayed/infected beyond the point that restorative treatment is possible. We also suggest taking out teeth loosened by gum disease, or we may remove one to aid in orthodontic treatment or the placement of implant dentures. Sometimes taking out a tooth improves overall bite balance and chewing function. If you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, extracting them could prevent major complications, such as impactions, infection, or misalignment.
Preparing Your Smile
To begin the extraction process, we will first take detailed digital x-rays of your smile. We want to pinpoint the exact position of the tooth, so we can remove it gently without impacting blood vessels, nerve tissues, or sinus cavities. Our team will also administer a local numbing agent to the area, and can discuss sedation options for patients with anxiety or other concerns that make undergoing treatment a difficult process. We want to make sure your experience is a comfortable and positive one!
The Extraction Process
Once you’re comfortable, we will gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps. The procedure is an example one and one that we can complete in our office. In fact, for some this could take as little as 30 minutes to complete. If your procedure is more complex, we could refer you to an oral surgeon. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions for the first day or two following the procedure, so the area can heal as it should without complications. Our team can remove sutures in a follow-up as needed.
If you have any questions about our approach to restorative dentistry, or about tooth extraction specifically, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy a healthy smile, and one free of major oral health complications.
Talk To Your Albany, NY Dentist About Restorative Dentistry!
When a tooth needs to be removed, we can do so comfortably and gently, so you can enjoy better oral health. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please call our Albany, NY dental office today at (518) 869-5397. Everyone deserves optimal oral health, and we’re ready to help you and your family enjoy your best smiles!