Removing a tooth is never something the TrueCare Dentistry team does lightly. We want our patients to keep their healthy smiles for their whole lives if possible. Unfortunately, there are some situations where tooth removal will be your best option in order to preserve the health of surrounding teeth. When teeth are unable to erupt on their own, baby teeth don’t fall out naturally, your bite is crowded, or you simply experience decay or damage too severe for us to save the tooth, extraction may be your best option. If you want to learn more about tooth extractions or any other dental treatment options, call our dental office in Mesquite to schedule an appointment with our caring dentist and team. We look forward to partnering with you to maintain a healthy smile for life.
Wisdom teeth are, by far, the most often extracted. They take their common name from the fact that they emerge in the late teens or early twenties, which the Victorians referred to as the age of wisdom. Actually, these teeth are just a third set of molars. While our human ancestors needed these teeth to replace those lost due to poor diet and oral hygiene, most people simply don’t need this third set of molars any more. In many cases, these teeth are unable to erupt at all (impacted), cause crowding between teeth, and they can even push your smile out of alignment undoing orthodontic treatments. For these and other reasons, we may recommend removal.
Wisdom teeth are, again, the most common example of this form of tooth extraction, but whatever the reason, we try to remove multiple teeth in one appointment whenever possible. This allows patients to deal with the extraction in one visit and go through the recovery and healing process just once. To maintain comfort during these potentially lengthy procedures, we may recommend using sedation dentistry.
Following the removal of a tooth, we don’t want our patients to lose the bone and gum tissue that support the smile, but due to lack of stimulus from the tooth’s root, many people see diminished jawbone density and gum tissue volume. Socket preservation procedures help limit this tissue loss, maintaining the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. This is especially important for those patients who plan to replace the extracted tooth using dental implants in the future.
After your tooth has been extracted, you’ll need to take special care to ensure a full, safe recovery. Before your procedure, we’ll walk you through at-home care and provide you with your specific post-operative care routine. Some of the basics to keep in mind include: