There are times in life where you need to give something up to preserve something else. This is the situation with having a tooth extracted. It is always our goal to help you keep your natural teeth, but if you have to have one taken out, it will be to keep your other teeth and your mouth safe and healthy. Dr. Wilhelm will do whatever he can to keep your smile safe, and if that means removing a tooth, you can rest assured that he will be able to replace that tooth using his skills as a prosthodontist.
The Need for a Tooth Extraction
Your adult teeth are meant to last for your entire life. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate with that plan. Here are a few of the reasons you may need to have one of your permanent teeth extracted.
- Extensive Tooth Decay – Tooth decay eats your tooth away. As the tooth decay gets worse, more of your tooth will be devoured. For those who have extensive tooth decay, there may not be enough of your natural tooth structure left to support a crown. In those instances, you will need to have the tooth removed so that you can get a tooth replacement and protect the rest of your natural teeth.
- Broken Tooth – A crown is an effective way to restore the function of most broken teeth, but sometimes the tooth is too badly broken to remain in your mouth. Having your tooth extracted will eliminate your pain and keep the rest of your mouth safe as well.
- Infected Tooth – Infection is dangerous no matter where it is in your body, but when it’s inside your mouth, it can ruin your smile. To clear a serious infection, you may need to have your tooth taken out. This will keep the rest of your teeth from getting infected as well.
- Impacted Tooth – As your teeth develop, they may get in the way of other teeth. A tooth that cannot fully emerge from your gums is called an impacted tooth. This can happen to any of your teeth, but it is especially dangerous when it is your wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth usually need to be removed. Otherwise, they will cause pain, misalign your teeth, or increase the likelihood of damage to nearby teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Dr. Wilhelm will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Once the area is numb from pain, he will extract your tooth. First, Dr. Wilhelm will expose the lower roots of your tooth. Then, he will gently move the tooth back and forth until it comes loose from the socket. Finally, Dr. Wilhelm will pack the area with gauze, and you will be ready to go.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After you have a tooth removed, you will need to take it easy for the next day or so. Your teeth are not supposed to come out, and your body is not going to be thrilled about having them removed. Snuggle up in bed with your favorite book or movie, drink plenty of water, follow our instructions for quick recovery, and take it easy.
After the process, we can help you look into tooth replacement options, such as implants, bridges, and dentures.