Tooth pain or infection can severely impact your mental health as well as oral health. No one wants to hear that they need an extraction but sometimes it is the only solution to restore health and well-being. In this blog, your Mansfield, TX, dentist explores when removal is needed, the process involved, and touches on the various options available to restore missing teeth.
When Extraction is Necessary
This option is typically considered when all other avenues of dental treatment have been exhausted. Here are a few common reasons why extraction may become necessary:
- When a tooth becomes extensively decayed and cannot be salvaged through fillings or root canals, removal is often the only option to prevent further infection and damage to surrounding teeth.
- Wisdom teeth can cause a range of issues such as crowding, misalignment, and infections. If these problems persist, a visit to the oral surgeon becomes the answer.
- Advanced gum disease can lead to loosening of the teeth with deep bacteria-filled pockets. In cases where the bone supporting the teeth is severely compromised, extraction may be necessary to protect the overall oral health and prevent further infection.
The Process of Tooth Extraction
In our office, the tooth removal process is usually straightforward and performed with utmost care.
- The first step is a thorough examination with proper x-rays to evaluate the tooth’s position, shape, and surrounding structures. After these diagnostics, we will discuss the best options with you.
- To ensure your comfort during the procedure, anesthesia will be administered. We will discuss the various anesthesia options with you, which may include local anesthesia or conscious sedation, depending on your specific needs and preferences.
- During the procedure, your dentist will gently remove the tooth from its socket using specialized instruments. The process is performed with precision and care to minimize discomfort and trauma.
Restoring the Missing Teeth
After a tooth is removed, it’s essential to consider options for restoring the gap left by the extracted tooth. This will ensure that the surrounding teeth and structures can remain healthy and functional.
- Dental implants are a popular and durable option for replacing missing teeth with a natural-looking dental crown secured into the bone with a titanium post.
- A dental bridge is a suitable option when there are healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The space is filled by a pontic which is fused to each crown creating a bridge. This is another aesthetically pleasing option.
- For multiple missing teeth, partial or complete dentures can be custom-made to restore your smile. Dentures are removable and provide a functional and aesthetic solution for tooth loss.
Let Us Discuss Your Options Today
While our ultimate goal is to preserve your teeth, sometimes extractions are a necessary step to preserve your oral health when other treatment options fall short. We will discuss all your options and be sure you are well-informed about your oral health situation. To schedule your consultation, reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX today at (817)473-6227.