In some cases, it may be necessary for a patient to have a tooth removed to preserve the health of their other teeth, or for a number of other reasons. Tooth extraction is a delicate process that we perform very carefully at Family Dental Group. Men and women living in the Laguna Hills can trust Family Dental Group for their tooth extractions and other dental treatments.
WHY WOULD I NEED TO HAVE A TOOTH REMOVED?
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
HOW ARE TEETH REMOVED?
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation. We offer either local anesthetic or a stronger general aesthetic for the patient’s comfort.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth. We will provide you with specific instructions regarding oral hygiene, diet, and rest following your tooth extraction.
If you think you may need to have a tooth removed, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will review all of your options with you and help determine your best route for treatment. Family Dental Group proudly serves the Laguna Hills communities.