Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. While we strive to avoid the need to remove a tooth whenever possible, certain conditions may make tooth extraction the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function. Following an extraction, we will provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement options to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.
Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:
- Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
- Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
- Crowding caused by too many teeth to correctly fit in the mouth
Our dentists and team use great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so that you can adequately take care of your smile as it heals.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, both impacted and erupted, can cause a variety of problems if they are not removed. A panoramic x-ray image is the best way to evaluate and identify if wisdom teeth are present.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted – but some do. Over 90% of the population does not have adequate room for their wisdom teeth to erupt. This leads to several problems including: pain, infection, damage to the adjacent second molars, cysts and tumor formation, which requires more complicated and extensive procedures for removal and reconstruction. Wisdom teeth are non-functional teeth. The earlier they are removed, the less likely the patient will experience any of the previously mentioned problems.
Soft-tissue laser technology allows treatment of soft tissues while eliminating bleeding at the site and reducing healing time.
Technology gently and precisely removes a wide range of tissue, including soft gum tissue and even tooth enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. Soft-tissue laser technology can do the following:
- Remove tooth decay
- Prepare cavities for fillings
- Prep for soft-tissue procedures
- General dentistry for enamel and dentin
Dental implants require phased treatment and are comprised of two parts, the titanium implant and tooth replacement. In the first phase, the titanium portion of the implant is carefully inserted into the jawbone. A process called osseointegration, in which the bone fuses to the implant, takes place over a short period of time, usually about three months. In the second phase, the doctor secures a custom-designed tooth replacement. An implant can secure a crown, bridge or partial.
While upper dentures typically remain stable, lower dentures can click and slip at the most inconvenient times. With dental implants, your dentist can stabilize your lower denture, improving comfort, speech, eating, and confidence. Dental implants also stimulate the jawbone and help prevent the bone deterioration that accompanies missing teeth.
Benefits of dental implants:
- Permanent – Because they are integrated with the bone tissue, dental implants last most people a lifetime.
- Comfortable – Dental implants are designed to function and feel like natural teeth. You may even forget which tooth you lost.
- Functional – Unlike bridges, dental implants don’t require the reduction of healthy tooth structure. More of your natural teeth are left intact, which improves your chances of long-term oral health.
- Reliable – In general, implants have a success rate of over 95%.
- Convenient – No messy adhesives and the inconvenience of removable prosthetics.