People are often surprised to learn that sometimes the best way to stop discomfort and keep your smile healthy is to actually remove a tooth. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist will explain how we use an extraction to bring relief. We also want to remind you that we’re currently accepting new patients, and we provide care for the entire family!
Wisdom Teeth, Infection, and More
The most common reason we recommend removing a tooth is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. An impaction means the tooth only partially erupts, becoming stuck and leading to painful infections, damaged teeth, misalignment, and more. The wisdom teeth are up to four new teeth that erupt in the rear of your mouth in your late teens or early adulthood. They could cause major problems, but these problems could be avoided if we extract them prior to arrival.
We also suggest removing teeth so decayed and infected that treatment is no longer possible, as removing them could prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. The same could be prescribed for teeth severely damaged. Taking one out is also helpful for orthodontic treatment, and we could suggest an extraction for teeth loosened by the advanced stage of periodontal disease.
The Extraction Process
To begin, we will take detailed digital images of your smile to identify the presence of nerve tissues and sinus cavities. We then plan the extraction and administer a numbing agent. Sedation could also be recommended for those with severe dental anxiety. We then suture the site closed. Since the sedation could take time to wear off, you may need to have someone available to bring you home afterward.
Healing and Tooth Replacement
You should rest for a day, avoiding vigorous exercise or the use of straws, and eating only soft foods. After a day rot ow, you can return to normal activities. We will remove sutures in a follow-up visit. If you lost teeth to factors like damage or infection, then you have a gap in your smile. To fill the gap and preserve your smile’s beauty and stability, we could suggest a dental prosthetic, such as a custom-made dental bridge, possibly an advanced dental implant. If you have any questions about the tooth extraction process, or about replacing missing teeth, then please contact our team today. We’re ready to provide a lifetime of care for you and your family!
Ready to Improve Your Oral Health?
Our team is ready to offer you and your family a lifetime of excellent dental treatment. For more information on the best ways to improve your oral health, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.