We understand that tooth extraction is never a pleasant experience. However, in certain cases, it becomes necessary. You may wonder what circumstances lead to this situation and what steps to take next. These are valid questions, and we're here to provide the answers.
Why would teeth extraction be necessary?
Badly decayed teeth: When a tooth is extensively decayed beyond repair, extraction may be the only viable solution.
Severe gum disease: Advanced gum disease can cause significant damage to the supporting structures of the teeth, making extraction necessary.
Trauma: In cases of severe dental trauma, where a tooth is fractured or severely damaged, extraction may be required.
Crowded teeth: In situations where there is insufficient space in the mouth to accommodate all the teeth, extraction might be necessary to create proper alignment.
Will it hurt?
Not at Dr. Steven Johnson's! We use special techniques for pain management, ensuring a comfortable experience throughout your tooth extraction. Your well-being is our top priority, and our skilled team is dedicated to minimizing any discomfort.
What's the next step after tooth extraction?
At our office, many of our patients opt to restore the extracted tooth with a dental implant. To ensure optimal results, we perform bone grafting and allow a healing period of four months before placing the implant.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft involves using sterile ground bone material to fill the socket left by the extracted tooth. This procedure helps preserve the jaw bone structure and provides a solid foundation for the future dental implant.
What if I choose not to undergo bone grafting or have a dental implant?
Without a replacement tooth and its root, the jaw bone surrounding the extraction site loses its function and starts to resorb over time. Ideally, dental implants are the recommended solution to maintain the bone level. However, there are alternative options available, such as bridges and dentures, to restore the function of the missing tooth.
We hope this information helps you understand the importance of tooth extraction and the subsequent steps involved in restoring your dental health. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the process and discuss the best treatment options for your specific needs.
Feel free to reach out to us for a consultation and let us address any further questions or concerns you may have. CALL US TODAY TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT