As a dental professional, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist often focuses on preserving your smile, which means repairing damage with lifelike restoration and providing preventive care to protect your teeth. But occasionally, issues arise that could threaten your whole smile unless dealt with quickly. In these scenarios, we may need to extract your tooth completely!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extractions
Question: When do I need one?
Answer: Often, a tooth may need to be extracted as a result of advanced decay or infection, which could spread to surrounding teeth unless the tooth in question is removed completely. We also recommend this procedure should a tooth become weakened due to gum disease, or should one develop serious damage, such as breakage or severe fracturing. If you have misalignment, we could remove a tooth to make room to properly reposition the rest. However, the most common reason is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. Wisdom teeth are up to four new molars that erupt in our late teens or early 20s. When they can only partially erupt, known as impaction, this leads to painful infection, damaged teeth, and misalignment. By removing the teeth before they even erupt, we protect the stability and appearance of your smile.
Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?
Answer: Yes! We always administer a local anesthetic around the tooth being removed. We also offer sedation dentistry, which helps people enter a calm and rested state with little to no memory of the procedure itself. We want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your experience in our office.
Question: What happens afterward?
Answer: The process involves gently removing the tooth with forceps and then suturing the extraction site closed. Afterward, a friend or family member will bring you home, as sedation takes time to wear off. In the next day or two, you should rest, avoid strenuous activities, eat soft foods, and avoid using straws. Also, don’t prod the extraction site with your tongue. When you return for a follow-up, we will remove the sutures and make sure everything is healing as it should.
Question: Can you replace a missing tooth?
Answer: With wisdom teeth there is no need to replace the tooth. Bu if you lose one to infection, damage, or gum disease, then you do have a gap in your smile that could lead to further complications. To replace the missing tooth or teeth, we may suggest a bridge, dental implant, or even a partial denture.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Your Smile Healthy?
Whether your tooth needs a custom restoration, or requires extraction, we can help with our comprehensive approach to dental care. For more information on our restorative care, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.