Preserving and maintaining the health and function of your natural teeth is a top priority in dentistry, but there are situations where removing the tooth makes the most sense. Tooth extractions can help prevent further damage or complications, improve your comfort, and enhance the function of your smile.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are many reasons why tooth extraction may be recommended, including:
- Your tooth has significant decay that cannot be effectively repaired.
- Your tooth has not fully erupted and is partially or entirely trapped beneath the gums.
- An abscess or infection has developed around your tooth, causing pain and damage to the tooth or gums.
- Your tooth has broken or cracked below the gum line.
- You are preparing for orthodontic treatment and need more space in your jaw for teeth to properly align.
A Walkthrough of Our Process
Dr. Clemenza will conduct a thorough examination to determine if a tooth extraction is necessary. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb your tooth and gums, along with any sedation required to increase your comfort.
After making some strategic incisions, your tooth will be rocked back and forth to widen the socket and allow Dr. Clemenza to pull the whole tooth out, root and all. The tooth may be sectioned or cut into smaller pieces if it cannot be removed whole. You will feel pressure during this process, but you should not feel any pain because the anesthetic numbs your nerves.
Your jaw may be sore following a tooth extraction, but over-the-counter pain relievers and a cold compress can help alleviate any swelling or discomfort. The empty socket will be packed with gauze and will slowly fill in with new bone growth over time. Dr. Clemenza will discuss tooth replacement options with you if it is necessary to close the gap created by tooth removal. This will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and leave you with a full smile.
Contact Us for Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions can be an integral part of the smile restoration process and orthodontic treatment. Dr. Clemenza makes your comfort and safety a top priority when removing teeth and will walk you through the process, so you know what to expect. The team at Keystone OMS is here to help. Contact our Hermitage office at (724) 981-8884 or our New Castle office at (724) 698-7095 to schedule a consultation.