Understanding Dental Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, tooth extractions are a necessity, whether due to extreme dental damage, infection, or impaction (which is common with wisdom teeth). Though the procedure isn’t often the preferred course of treatment, certain situations can make extracting a tooth more beneficial than trying to restore and save it. Fortunately, Dr. Pun offers a number of prosthetic dentistry options to restore your smile after a tooth has been extracted.

Why You Might Need Tooth Extraction

When a tooth poses a danger to the rest of your oral health, our goal is not only to eliminate the danger, but also preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. Sometimes, extracting a tooth is the best way to accomplish this, such as if;

  • A third molar, or wisdom tooth, becomes impacted by the molars that preceded it.
  • A tooth becomes severely damaged, or the root has been cracked or fractured.
  • Severe gum disease causes the periodontal tissues and jawbone around a tooth to become too weak to support it.
  • A tooth becomes so thoroughly infected that root canal treatment cannot save it.

Immediate Dentures After Extraction

If necessary tooth extraction leaves you with little or no healthy teeth on your dental ridge, then Dr. Pun can create a restoration plan to immediately replace your missing teeth. Immediate dentures can be custom-designed before your procedure, then placed the same day that your teeth are extracted. With an immediate denture, you can avoid having to wait to rebuild your smile and regain your mouth’s full function.

Are You a Candidate for Tooth Extraction?

A neglected infection, a non-functional tooth, or problems with your teeth’s supportive structures will only worsen when ignored, threatening the surrounding teeth. By removing one tooth and replacing it with a dental implant and crown (or other appropriate prosthetic), you can protect your smile more effectively in the long-term.

Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients

For patients who are anxious about tooth extraction, or who require a complex procedure, an anesthesiologist may be present to administer an appropriate form of sedation dentistry. Depending on your needs and preferences, sedation may include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, or IV (intravenous) sedation.