Losing one of your teeth is a natural process that occurs throughout most of our lives. In childhood, baby teeth fall out before more permanent adult teeth can replace them. In adolescence, we often remove wisdom teeth to prevent potential damage when they erupt and impact other members of our smile. However, there are other times when we will suggest extracting one of your teeth to help preserve your oral health.
At your Maple Grove, MN, dental office, we want you to know that when we recommend tooth removal, it can be the first step toward enjoying a stronger smile. When missing teeth leave a hole in your grin, we can help plan replacement options such as a dental implant to provide a natural-looking appearance.
Why We Determine You Need A Tooth Extraction
While there are a variety of reasons you may need to have a tooth removed, rest assured we only perform this procedure when it is necessary to preserve your oral health. At AOMS, we perform tooth extractions whenever a tooth experiences decay that cannot be treated with a filling or crown. This prevents the decay from spreading to other members of your smile. If you have advanced periodontal disease, we will remove teeth to stabilize your gum health and plan restoration with a set of dentures. We also take out teeth when they become impacted or before performing certain orthodontic procedures. Because this treatment leaves a hole in your smile, we will discuss your options for tooth replacement following extraction.
Performing Your Tooth Removal
Before we extract your tooth, we will apply a local anesthetic to numb the affected area and ensure comfort throughout. This means you may feel pressure as we remove your tooth, but you should not feel pain after receiving an anesthetic. Using special tools, we then rock the targetted tooth back and forth to widen its socket and loosen it from your jaw. If your tooth will not come out using this method, we can perform a process called sectioning the tooth. This helps remove teeth that are anchored in the socket or when their roots are too curved. By cutting the tooth into multiple sections, it becomes easier to extract them from your mouth.
Our Maple Grove, MN, And Additional Clinics Are Available To Help With Oral Surgery Needs
Learning you need to remove a tooth can sound intimidating, but we can make the process go by smoothly. When you follow our guidelines for recovery, you can enjoy a healthy smile in no time after your extraction. If you would like to find out more about this or any other service that we offer, call our Maple Grove, MN clinic at (763) 416-9990.