Unbeknownst to many individuals, teeth that have suffered devastating damage can put healthy, neighboring teeth at risk. Although it’s always preferable to try and conserve a person’s natural teeth, there are cases in which tooth extraction is absolutely necessary to conserve oral health. In certain circumstances, keeping broken or damaged teeth in place is more harmful than having them removed.
When Is Extraction Required?
Tooth extraction is not always immediately necessary. In fact, having teeth removed is a last resort option that is only recommended when other methods of treatment have been exhausted. With that being said, choosing extractions depends on each patient’s particular case and their specific needs.
Reasons for a tooth extraction may include:
- Dental emergency
- Preparation for restorative treatment
- Risk of damaging neighboring teeth
- Wisdom teeth
What to Expect Before and After Treatment
At Larson Dental, we like to ensure that all other treatment options have been exhausted before recommending extraction. In order to do this we provide in-depth assessments of a patient’s mouth in order to make the right recommendations. If Dr. Larson determines that extraction is necessary for the overall well-being of the smile, a quick outpatient procedure will be performed to extract the selected teeth.
Once the extraction has taken place, patients are sent home to recover – usually returning to their daily routines the following day. Although some discomfort may be felt during recovery, symptoms should subside in a few days and can be treated with over the counter meds.
Replacing Teeth After Extractions
Any extraction, with the exception of wisdom teeth, require a restorative treatment to replace the missing gap in the smile. Luckily at Larson Dental we offer various restorative treatments such as dental implants, bridges, and partial and complete dentures that can help you repair your smile. We will ensure that information about restorative options are shared with you and we will walk you through those options in order to help determine the best replacement for your smile.