When a tooth is causing severe pain, infection, tooth decay, gum disease, or damage to the other teeth but cannot be repaired, it may be better to remove and replace it. If you think you need a tooth extraction, give us a call at Bow Tie Dentist today to schedule a consultation.
After a surgical extraction, we will suture the socket shut. In either type of extraction, the socket will be cleaned and gauze will be placed to stop the bleeding.
There are usually alternatives to a tooth extraction unless you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth. The longer you leave oral health problems untreated, the higher your risk of needing a tooth extraction.
We will only ever advise you to get an extraction when all other options have been exhausted or if the tooth cannot be saved. If the tooth is infected, a root canal treatment is usually an option unless the infection has progressed too deep into the tooth.
Gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning or surgical treatment but if you have a very loose tooth, it may need to be removed. Damage from dental trauma can be repaired and a broken tooth can even be held together with a dental crown but if a tooth has broken off at the gum line, the rest of the tooth will need to be removed and replaced.