Ideally, your teeth would remain healthy throughout your lifetime. Unfortunately, routine wear, cavities, cracks, and other emergencies can put teeth at risk of serious damage. While it’s always preferable to save natural teeth, in certain circumstances, keeping damaged or broken teeth in place can threaten the overall health of the smile. In these situations, our Whidbey Island dentists may recommend tooth extractions to keep your smile healthy.
When is Tooth Extraction Required?
Tooth extraction is a last resort option recommended when other methods of saving teeth have proved ineffective. However, the cause behind tooth extraction can vary from patient to patient. In some cases, a tooth must be removed because it was damaged as a result of a dental emergency. In other instances, extraction is done in preparation for dental implants or other restorative treatment.
Extraction isn’t just to remove broken or damaged teeth. This treatment can also be recommended when certain teeth threaten the overall well being of the smile. For example, while wisdom teeth may be healthy, if they become impacted or grow incorrectly, they can put neighboring teeth at risk of crowding, tooth decay, and gum disease.
What Can I Expect During Extraction?
At Whidbey Dental Associates, in-depth assessments help ensure that all other options have been exhausted before we recommend extraction. If we determine that extraction is necessary, this is a quick outpatient procedure. While it is a routine process, some patients prefer the option of having oral conscious sedation. This is something that can be discussed during your consultation appointment.
Once the tooth has been extracted, patients return home for recovery and are usually able to return to their daily routines the next day. While you may experience some discomfort, in most cases it can be treated with over the counter meds, and should subside in a few days.
Replacing Teeth After Extractions
With the exception of wisdom teeth removal, most extraction cases will require some form of tooth replacement. At Whidbey Dental Associates, we offer a number of restorative treatments, including dental implants and All-on-4 implant bridges. During your initial consultation, our Oak Harbor dentists will walk you through your restoration options and help you find the right permanent tooth replacement for your smile.
Visit Our Oak Harbor Dentists Today!
At Whidbey Dental Associates, extracting damaged or broken teeth is an important part of preventing further damage to your smile. Call our Oak Harbor dentists today to schedule your next visit. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile!