At SmileBuilders, Inc., we strive to prevent tooth loss whenever possible. There are many advanced treatments that can be used to save a tooth that is diseased or damaged. However, there are circumstances where a tooth needs to be removed due to excessive damage or if it is causing dental health issues. When necessary, our dental team offers tooth extractions at our offices in Canton, Byram, and Lucedale, MS.
When Should a Tooth Be Removed?
While most dental care is geared toward preventing tooth loss, there are times when removing a tooth is the best solution. For instance, if a baby tooth is late coming out and blocking the permanent tooth from emerging, it is best to remove the tooth through extraction. Other reasons tooth extraction may be recommended by your dentist include:
- Impacted teeth – teeth imbedded in the gum tissue
- Overcrowding – removing teeth may be needed during orthodontic treatment
- Severe decay or infection that cannot be effectively treated
- Loosened tooth from periodontal disease
- Damaged tooth from trauma that cannot be repaired
- Wisdom teeth that are causing oral health issues
Tooth extractions often sound much more painful than they are in reality. For most tooth extractions, the tooth is numbed with local anesthesia, and it can be quickly removed during an office visit. Some larger or impacted teeth may require oral surgery to remove, but the procedure is painless for the patient with anesthesia or sedation. Most tooth extraction sites heal quickly if you follow your dentist’s instructions for post-procedure care.
While most people do not relish the idea of a tooth extraction, we make it as stress-free as possible for our patients. We have a caring, compassionate dental team that will put you at ease and offer sedation dentistry if you prefer to be medically relaxed during the procedure. If you need a tooth removed, contact our office to schedule your procedure.