EXTRACTIONS IN HOUSTON, TX
Here is a sore subject: tooth extractions. There are many reasons to pull a tooth. Let’s explore a few…
When there is prolonged damage or decay your options become more limited. Remember, our goal is always to save your natural teeth whenever possible. But if the tooth is too damaged to be saved by a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may well recommend extraction.
Advanced Gum Disease
If severe gum disease has destroyed your gums and underlying bone, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by conventional gum disease treatment. In this sort of scenario, the tooth must be removed and replaced with an implant. Gum disease actually accounts for the majority of adult tooth loss in this country and it attacks your body’s other systems too.
This is a common situation for folks looking to restore their smile after initial tooth loss has occurred. Complete dentures or overdentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. It will make the situation better for you in the end, so keep that in mind.
You might be surprised by this one. But your orthodontist may actually recommend tooth extraction if your mouth is too crowded. When you think about it, there is a good reason, braces do need room to be able to move your teeth into a better alignment. At the end of the day, braces will improve the health and appearance of your smile, boost your confidence, etc.
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If you turn out to be a good candidate for a dental extraction, we will begin with a complete oral evaluation. Our team will take digital dental X-rays and possibly 3D CAT scan images.
From these crisp, detailed images we can better see the structure of your tooth so that we can extract it safely.
After we get through the planning process, we will numb the area around your damaged tooth. If the crown of your tooth is visible above your gum line, we can do a simple extraction. In the event that your tooth is broken off at the gumline or is impacted, like wisdom teeth often can be, we may surgically remove your tooth.
Don’t fret, if you are at all anxious about the procedure, we can offer you some great sedation options to help put you at ease. If we are removing several teeth that day, we will likely use general anesthesia.