If you have a wisdom tooth, or develop a seriously damaged tooth, then we may need to remove it. Dental extractions help maintain healthy smiles and protect patients from serious complications. But when do people benefit from them and what happens during your dental extraction? What should people in Olathe, KS, expect from this restorative treatment option?
When Should a Tooth Be Removed?
For our younger patients, we may recommend removing wisdom teeth before they erupt, typically in a patient’s late teens and early 20s. For some, up to four additional molars could arrive, leading to a greater risk of painful impaction, misalignment, damaged teeth, and infection. Removing these teeth preserves your smile’s alignment and health. We may also extract a tooth that has become loose due to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease that often causes adult tooth loss. If a tooth becomes infected and we don’t see the patient in time to offer a root canal, then an extraction may be needed to prevent infection from reaching other teeth. We may take out a tooth to help improve alignment, leading to room for the teeth to change positions. If a person severely damages a tooth, then again removing the tooth may be necessary.
Removing a tooth requires oral surgery. Fortunately, we have the skills and knowledge to offer a variety of oral surgical procedures to our patients. We also understand that many people feel apprehension about oral surgery. To ensure their comfort, we offer IV sedation. We administer a powerful sedative via IV, and a trained anesthesiologist will monitor the person throughout the procedure. The person will remain calm, relaxed, and have little to no memory of the procedure. We will also help preserve the extraction site by adding a special restorative material. Site preservation aids in the process of tooth replacement with dental implants.
Addressing Gaps in Your Smile
If we take out wisdom teeth, then replacement isn’t necessary. What if a tooth must be removed due to injury or infection? In these scenarios, we may suggest implant dentistry to offer a long-lasting and lifelike replacement tooth. We also have bridges and full and partial dentures available. If you have any questions about the removal process, or if you would like to learn more about our tooth replacement options, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Tooth in Need of Removal?
We use advanced technology and sedation to ensure people enjoy a comfortable and safe dental extraction. To schedule a consultation and discuss the removal process or any of our other restorative procedures, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.