Extractions in Sedalia, MO
At Tiger Family Dental, we do our best to save every one of your natural teeth because they all play an important role in your oral health. While it may not seem like a big deal to lose one tooth (especially if you can’t see it), your teeth rely on each other for stability.
That is why we never take dental extractions lightly and use them only as a last resort to protect your oral health.
When a Dental Extraction Becomes Necessary
Sometimes, although saving a tooth is always our goal, you may have a condition that puts your other teeth and your overall health at risk.
This can include the following:
- A tooth broken at the gumline
- A failed root canal
- Severe periodontal disease
- Bone loss
- A split tooth or irreparable fracture
- Symptomatic wisdom teeth
If you have one of these conditions, we will discuss tooth replacement options with you, if necessary, so that we have a plan to complete your smile once your procedure is finished.
In cases of infection and periodontal disease (an infection of the gums), we will need to address the underlying problem before moving forward with treatment.
Dental Extraction Treatment
We know the last thing you want to do is spend time in a dental chair having a tooth removed, so we will make it as painless as possible. Dr. Ehlers always applies anesthetic in a gentle way and makes sure you are numb before beginning any procedure.
Once we remove your tooth, we will discuss how to take care of your extraction site so you can heal quickly.
While it is different for all people, some of the general advice we provide includes:
- Avoid drinking through a straw or smoking – this can dislodge healing tissue.
- Avoid chewing on your extraction site.
- Keep the area clean. Be gentle!
- Be sure to come to your follow-up appointment.
- For any discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers should do the trick.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Not all wisdom teeth cause a problem, but some of them can put your oral health at risk. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are found at the very back of your mouth, and they can create some common problems, including:
- Severe decay
- Gum infections (periodontal disease)
If your wisdom teeth do not have enough room to erupt, they can be quite painful. They may even try to come through the gums and then recede or push against adjacent teeth. We can remove problematic wisdom teeth right here in our Sedalia, MO dental office.