As your partner in oral health, our Mobile, AL dentist’s office is here for you, no matter what dental crisis come up over the course of your life. You might be surprised to know that many patients will at one time or another require a tooth extraction. In today’s blog post, we’ll cover some of those situations and how we will make it easy for you to get through them. Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up with the Alabama Family Dental team to learn more or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Whatley.
Most folks have some level of tooth decay at some point in life. As far as restoring your health, we try to use the most conservative treatment we can, like a dental filling. That said, if there is deep damage or extensive tooth decay, your restorative options become more and more limited.
We will save your natural teeth if at all possible. But if the tooth is too far gone to be restored through a dental filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may need to pull it out and pursue replacement options (like a dental implant).
Once gum disease has attacked your gums and underlying bone, the tooth in question may be too loose to be saved by standard gum disease treatments. This is when we would need to extract and look into implants.
A full set of dentures or overdentures (dentures supported by dental implants) span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. An extraction is done because it will make your replacement set fit better and feel more comfortable in your mouth.
Preparing For Braces
Tooth extraction may be the best place to start if your mouth is overcrowded.Think about it: braces do need room to be able to move your teeth into better alignment.
This is our most common situation for extracting teeth. It usually happens in young adulthood. In any event, if your wisdom teeth decide to come in and they appear to threaten the health of your surrounding teeth, we will move quickly to extract them and save your smile.
When Extractions Are Necessary, Dr. Whatley Is Ready
In our Mobile, AL dentist’s office, tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia as well as dental sedation (especially for anxious patients). Rest assured, extraction is a fairly routine procedure.
Here’s how it works: once the relevant area is completely numb, Dr. Whatley will use special tools to gently remove the tooth. This requires loosening the tooth from the socket, so you may feel firm pressure on the area, but no real pain. Mild post-op discomfort is to be expected, but should go away after only a few days. We are committed to doing everything in our power to make your experience pleasant and comfortable, so there’s no need to be afraid.
Find Out More
We hope this information has been helpful. You can learn more about teeth extraction and replacement options by calling us at 251-241-0890, or if you prefer you can contact us online.