My Tooth Was Extracted, Now What?

May 16, 2019

For a number of reasons, from wisdom tooth eruption to severe infection, we may need to remove a tooth to protect your smile’s health and stability. However, once we do and a gap is now in your smile, what next? In today’s blog, we’re looking at the how and why of dental extraction, as well as options for filling the gaps in Olathe, KS, smiles.

Reasons for Extraction

The most common reason for recommending an extraction is to prevent the eruption of the wisdom teeth. These are up to four additional molars that could arrive as we enter adulthood. For some, they don’t have an impact. However, others could develop misalignment, infection, damaged teeth, or serious pain as a result of their presence. Removing them protects the smile’s health and stability. We may also remove a tooth to stop the progression of infection, safeguarding surrounding teeth. We also address loose teeth as a result of gum disease, or teeth that have sustained minor damage. In some cases, correcting misalignment may actually mean removing tooth to provide room to straighten your smile.

Dental Sedation and More

We know for some, oral surgery isn’t exactly a procedure to look forward to. However, understand that we always take steps to ensure our patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire procedure. We will gladly answer any question you have and walk you through what the procedure will involve. Our team may also administer dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. Our team will also discuss aftercare, the steps you take in the hours and days following the procedure to ensure healing without complication.

Extraction Site Preservation and Tooth Replacement

Obviously, if we remove a wisdom tooth or a tooth that hinders alignment correction, replacement isn’t necessary. But what if you lose a tooth as a result of gum disease, infection, or injury? In these scenarios, removing the tooth may protect your smile from infection and pain, but the procedure will leave a gap behind. Fortunately, we can administer a special filling material to preserve the extraction site. We then discuss possible replacement options, such as a dental bridge or even a dental implant. If you have any questions about the removal process, then feel free to contact our team today.

Interested in Tooth Replacement?

If you have a tooth in need of extraction, or a gap in your smile, then let us know. For more information on our oral surgery and restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.