Tooth Removal & Tooth Extraction
Tooth removal and extractions are sort of the last choice that we want to make for a patient. That's typically only done when it is an absolute hopeless case. When a patient presents with a fractured tooth we remove those teeth as atraumatically as possible. That relates to the surrounding bone structure, because we want to preserve as much of the healthy bone as possible because that will be the foundation for something in the future potentially, such as an implant.
Whether from accident, decay, or something else, adult teeth sometimes need to come out to keep your mouth healthy. Here is some information to help you prepare for a tooth removal or extraction from Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
Why would I need to have a tooth extracted?
Your teeth are supposed to last your entire life, but there are several reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted. Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA will give you these reasons:
- Injury – Injuring your tooth the point that it will no longer function in your mouth is one reason you may need to have a tooth extraction. A severe break that puts the rest of your mouth at risk may also warrant an extraction. Even in the case of injury, Dr. Morton will do all he can to save your tooth. He may use a crown if he can spare your tooth from the fate of extraction. If he cannot save it, he will recommend extracting it. Saving your tooth is preferable, but you may need to sacrifice one for the health and safety of the rest.
- Decay – If you have a severely decayed tooth, an extraction may be warranted over placing a crown to restore the tooth. This might be the case if too much of the tooth would have to be removed to save it. If there is not enough natural tooth left to support a filling or a crown, an extraction may be required.
- Danger – You may have a tooth that is a danger to the rest of your teeth. This may be because it is coming in wrong or impacting your other teeth. To save you from future problems and pain, Dr. Morton will extract the tooth and clear the danger from your mouth.
What is the tooth extraction process?
First, we will numb your tooth prior to any extraction. This will prevent you from feeling pain. Next, our dentist will clear away the gum tissue from the area and then loosen your tooth gently until it comes free from the socket. At that point, he will pack the area with gauze to stop any bleeding that may occur. For those who are worried about this procedure, Dr. Morton has sedation options available to help ease your nerves.
How can I be prepared for my tooth extraction?
You will want to make sure that your schedule is clear on the day of your tooth removal. You will need time to rest and recover from your procedure. Set yourself up with pillows, movies, or your favorite book at your home and get ready to settle in for a bit. You will be back to normal in a couple of days, but you need to give your body a little bit of a break after your extraction is complete. We will provide post-op instructions for you to help you recover quickly.