We always hope to save natural teeth, but when necessary, our dentists perform efficient extractions at our Chandler, AZ practice. If you have a seriously damaged tooth, removal may be the most effective solution. Rest assured that we will not make this decision lightly, and we will always try to save your tooth whenever possible. However, if you do require extraction, you will benefit from our gentle, meticulous techniques. At Value Dental Centers Chandler, we will also provide an appropriate dental restoration after tooth removal. Along with the extraction of damaged teeth, we also perform all types of wisdom tooth extraction, including more complex surgical procedures.
When Is Dental Extraction Appropriate?
We may recommend extraction in the following situations:
- You have a very large cavity that has destroyed most of your tooth.
- You have a dental infection and have not responded to root canal therapy.
- You have a crack in your tooth that extends all the way to your root.
- Gum disease has caused your soft tissues to pull away from your dental roots, loosening your tooth.
- Your child’s baby teeth have not come out, and they are affecting the development of incoming permanent teeth.
When Do We Recommend Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Many people do not have enough room for their third set of molars. As wisdom teeth come in, they can push against the surrounding teeth, causing widespread misalignment. In some cases, wisdom teeth can be so crowded that they come in at an angle. They may also become impacted, which happens when they are not able to break through the bone and gum tissue. Your dentist will take x-rays of your jaw to determine whether you might need wisdom tooth extraction. Whenever possible, we recommend removal before the teeth actually start to come in. By taking early action, we can often prevent impaction and damage to your nearby teeth.
What Will Happen during Your Procedure?
Before your extraction, we will numb your tooth and gums. In some cases, we may provide IV sedation, as well. You may benefit from these medications if you are anxious or if you are having multiple teeth removed at once. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will carefully remove your tooth. In some cases, he or she may only need to loosen the tooth in the socket before carefully lifting it out. Other cases may be more complex. For example, if you have an impacted tooth, your dentist will need to remove a layer of gum or jawbone tissue to access the tooth. Sometimes, he or she may extract the tooth in several pieces. Even if your procedure requires these extra steps, it will involve minimal discomfort, thanks to our anesthesia and detail-oriented techniques.
What Should You Expect after Extraction?
Following tooth removal, your dentist will place a piece of gauze over the extraction site, which will help a sealing clot to form in the area. You will need to use caution to avoid irritating the tissues or dislodging the clot. Be sure to brush gently and eat a soft diet for a few days. You can also use mild anti-inflammatory medications to reduce any irritation. Your dentist will provide additional guidelines for care and returning to a normal diet.
If you are having a damaged tooth removed, our team will also provide a suitable restoration to repair your smile. We offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges, as well as full and partial dentures. Many times, we can place dental implants on the same day as your extraction, minimizing healing time and the number of visits you make to our office.