In some cases, keeping your healthy smile may require a tooth extraction to protect your overall oral health. Dr. Smith can help. You will find a wide array of services at Smith Dentalworks that are designed to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
While it is our goal at Smith Dentalworks to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, there are some circumstances where an extraction becomes necessary:
Also called third molars, these are the last molars to arrive and are located far back in your mouth. Their position often makes these teeth difficult to keep clean, or sometimes they come in at odd angles that are harmful to adjacent teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth remain impacted (stuck in the gums), which could result in an infection. Dr. Smith typically recommends extractions for these reasons.
Periodontitis or advanced gum disease destroys the gums and bone that support your teeth. This is the number one cause of tooth loss for adults in the United States. If caught early, gum disease can be treated and tooth extraction may be avoided. Smith Dentalworks offers preventive treatment options to help stop your periodontitis from progressing.
A tooth may be cracked or fractured beyond what a root canal can save. Certain injuries can even result in a tooth falling out entirely. This can be a result of a sports injury, car accident, or other type of trauma. Although we may try to restore a chipped or cracked tooth with other options such as a dental crown, extraction is sometimes necessary.
A tooth with decay that has reached the nerve causes an infection that is beyond what root canal therapy can repair. In this case, we would remove the tooth to eliminate the infection and to protect the remaining teeth.
Overly crowded teeth may need to be removed to achieve the best results during orthodontic treatment. As your teeth shift, this will often fill the gaps to give you a straight and healthy smile.
You can rest assured that Dr. Smith performs all tooth extractions at our Oro Valley dental office with your comfort as a top priority. She relies on the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during your procedure. If the extraction is complicated, she will recommend the services of a local oral surgeon that she will work with closely to ensure the best outcome for you.
Dr. Smith is happy to discuss tooth replacement options with you. It is essential to think about replacing your tooth as soon as possible to avoid the drifting of neighboring teeth or bone loss in your jaw from the lack of a root. We will help you explore your options for replacement before your tooth extraction so you can make the best decision for your dental health.
Your options may include:
A crown can replace a single extracted tooth. First, an oral surgeon will perform surgery and a titanium post will be implanted. This will stimulate your jaw and act as an artificial tooth root. We will then fit you for a crown that covers the implant and will look natural next to your remaining teeth.
A dental bridge is supported on either end by dental crowns and has one or multiple prosthetic teeth in the middle. This option can replace more than one extracted or missing tooth.
If you need to have a tooth extracted, it’s important not to delay your treatment as teeth that are damaged or infected can get progressively worse. We know that extraction can be intimidating, but we are here to help you every step of the way and give you the best experience possible.