Dental professionals strive to help patients enjoy optimal oral health, preserving their natural teeth. However, sometimes preserving your smile’s health means actually removing a tooth. When does a tooth need removal and what should our Mansfield, TX, patients expect from the extraction process? Can we replace the teeth we remove? Let’s talk about this restorative treatment in today’s blog.

When Does a Tooth Need Removal?

We may extract a tooth for a number of different reasons. A tooth with a severe infection may need to be removed to prevent the infection from reaching surrounding teeth or moving into the jawbone itself. We may extract one that has become loose due to the effects of untreated periodontal disease. A tooth with severe damage, too serious to receive a crown or veneer, may need to be taken out. Sometimes correcting the alignment of your smile actually means removing a tooth, giving your surrounding teeth room to spread out. For those with advanced tooth loss, we may need to remove the few lingering natural teeth to allow denture placement. Finally, we often suggest them to prevent impaction due to wisdom tooth eruption. Our wisdom teeth usually arrive in our late teens and early 20s, with up to four additional molars pushing their way into your smile. The complications due to wisdom tooth eruption could range from infection and pain to misalignment.

Ensuring Your Comfort

We want to make sure our patients feel comfortable during the procedure. We will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the soon-to-be-extracted tooth. We may also discuss sedation options. Working with our talented and skilled dental assistants, we will then remove the tooth or teeth from your smile. We will discuss aftercare instructions, as well as giving you important tips to ensure an optimal healing period.

Addressing Tooth Loss

If we remove teeth due to wisdom tooth eruption or to make room for orthodontic treatment or dentures, then replacing a lost tooth isn’t necessary. But what gaps that appear due to infection or damage? In these scenarios, we will discuss possible options to replace the lost tooth and restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile. Depending on your oral health and the cause of your tooth loss, we may opt for a dental bridge, a full or partial denture, or possibly even a dental implant. To learn more about our dental prosthetics, please give our team a call. If you have any questions about the extraction process, please let us know.

Learn More About Dental Extraction

If you need a tooth removed, we can do so safely and comfortably. For more information about our restorative procedures, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.