When Smiles Need A Tooth Extraction

May 17, 2022

A tooth extraction could help smiles avoid the onset of infection, or the painful complications that impact the health, beauty, and function of the smile. We can use sedation and advanced technology to provide a comfortable and gentle treatment experience. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist talks about when a smile needs a tooth extraction.

The Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

When possible, we want to treat an injured or decayed tooth with a restoration. But in some cases, issues arise so severe that leaving the tooth in place could endanger the smile, and the issue could be beyond treatment with a crown or a filling. We could take out a tooth too decayed or infected for treatment, as leaving it in place could enable infection to reach other parts of the smile. We could take a tooth out that is loosened by gum disease, or one that impedes orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth, which erupt in the rear of the mouth as we approach adulthood, could be taken out before they cause painful impactions, infections, misalignment, and other serious complications.

Dental Sedation

We know that the idea of oral surgery and tooth removal could make people feel uncomfortable, but we take measures to keep you calm and comfortable. In addition to a local anesthetic for the area being treated, we can offer dental sedation. We have three different options of varying severity, which help people enter a calm and relaxed state, often with little to no memory of the procedure at all. This is especially helpful for people with anxiety!

The Extraction

Once you’re relaxed, we will gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps, before suturing the area closed. The entire process could take as little as 30 minutes, and a friend or family member will need to be on hand to bring you home in case the sedation has you feeling a bit groggy. We will have detailed instructions for aftercare, and you can likely return to normal activities after a day of rest.

Tooth Replacement

In some cases, this could leave a gap behind in your smile. Which we could address with a custom-made dental bridge, partial denture, or a full denture or dental implant. If you have any questions, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?

We would love to help you enjoy a stronger and healthier smile, whether that means removing a tooth or replacing missing ones. Schedule an appointment today and find out more about our surgical procedures. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.