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Although they are quite common, tooth extractions are never an ideal solution to an oral health problem. In almost all circumstances, they should be seen as a last-ditch resort to resolve oral health concerns, such as severe tooth decay. This is because losing a tooth and not replacing it can cause an array of issues for the patient’s remaining teeth, including changes in their position, an increased rate of decay, and collapse of the jaw bone where the tooth used to be.
At Dentistry on Monroe in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Turner and his experienced dental team are committed to doing everything they can to care for your natural teeth so that you can enjoy them for a lifetime. However, if you do need a tooth extraction, we are here to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Why Would You Need to Get a Tooth Pulled?
Teeth need to be extracted and replaced when they have become so badly damaged that repairing them is either impossible or not reliable enough to rationalize the cost of treatment. It’s important to note that while many restorative options exist for teeth with significant decay or fractures, not all repairs can be expected to last as long as we’d like. When the cost of those repairs is significant, it sometimes makes more sense to extract the tooth and replace it.
Can You Leave a Dead Tooth in Your Mouth?
Surprisingly, yes! Teeth that have been properly treated with root canal therapy, and are therefore considered “dead,” pose little to no future infection risk even when the tooth becomes significantly damaged or decayed. These root canal-treated broken teeth can serve as placeholders for future implants or bridges, as they will help to maintain the shape of the jaw bone in that area until a tooth replacement option is pursued. In these cases, it would be important for Dr. Turner to monitor the positions of the surrounding and opposing teeth while making the decision to replace the dead tooth or not. If the other teeth begin to shift, it will become more important to remove and replace the dead tooth sooner rather than later.
Is a Tooth Extraction Painful?
Tooth extractions should not be painful. As with any other dental procedure, Dr. Turner will ensure that the tooth and surrounding areas will be extremely numb throughout the procedure. Many times people report feeling significant pressure during a tooth extraction, but there should not be any actual pain felt during the appointment. Soreness can be expected for a few days after the extraction takes place, which Dr. Turner will be prepared to address appropriately with post-treatment instructions and medicines.
What Are the Side Effects of Removing a Tooth?
The primary side effect of having a tooth removed is minor soreness for a few days after the procedure. In some cases, the area may swell or bruise a bit, but not significantly. Dr. Turner will be sure to review what side effects to expect as normal, and what to watch out for as being concerning.
Why Would a Patient Choose Your Practice for a Tooth Extraction?
If you must have a tooth removed, it is crucial to forming a replacement plan with your dentist that is customized to your mouth’s specific needs. At Dentistry On Monroe, we can plan for extractions and subsequent replacement options using the latest in precision dental technology. We are equipped to provide either dental implant placement or bridge fabrication immediately upon tooth extraction.
If you are not interested in having a replacement tooth, such as a dental implant, inserted right away, we can also perform bone preservation grafting in the area to maintain the jaw bone until a decision about tooth replacement can be made. We offer these services all while you watch your favorite shows or listen to your favorite music to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during your appointment.
Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?
The most common alternative to pulling a tooth is a root canal. This should be the first treatment discussed when a tooth has enough decay or damage to consider tooth extraction. If the tooth can be treated with root canal therapy and restored with a crown, that is almost always the best solution. Dr. Turner will inform you about the risks and benefits of each treatment option so that you can decide what is best for you.
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For more information on how having a tooth extracted may benefit you, please contact Dentistry on Monroe. Dr. Turner and his compassionate team are ready to help you restore and maintain the health of your teeth to make a positive impact on your overall health!