If you suffer from severe tooth pain, a dental extraction may be the simplest and best way to get immediate relief outside of a root canal. As the name suggests, an extraction means removing the entire tooth. While we do everything we can at Be Well Dental to save your tooth, there are oral health situations where the pulp has died, or the tooth is irrevocably damaged or infected. In these cases, dental extraction is the only route we can take to avoid spreading infection or cease any discomfort.
Tooth extractions are a very common dental procedure. As with any surgical procedure, dental extractions will need time to heal. With proper care, patients can avoid healing mishaps like dry sockets.
Reasons You May Need a Dental Extraction
Once your existing tooth's inner structure has been compromised with gum disease, infection, tooth decay, or trauma, it can reach a point where there are no options left. Keeping a damaged tooth can introduce a potential onslaught of toxins and harmful bacteria.
A root canal allows us to remove damaged and decayed tissue from a tooth before sealing it, but this dental treatment has limitations in practice. Dr Bao and Dr Will may recommend a dental extraction for the following reasons:
- Irreversible tooth damage caused by severe tooth decay or infection
- Untreatable gum disease
- Impacted teeth, commonly wisdom teeth
- Preparing for orthodontic treatment
- Eliminate overcrowded teeth
- Traumatic injury
- Preparation for dentures
Healing Your Oral Health
At Be Well Dental, we appreciate what a dental extraction may seem—the thought of having your tooth pulled can set your imagination afire. In actuality, many fears are ungrounded. Dental extraction with your gentle dentist is a tranquil and smooth transition that takes little time to complete and is not especially painful. For many patients, this dental treatment can relieve pain immediately.
Patients can relax knowing that they are in good hands; we treat everyone equally with kindness and compassion. We work hard to create a calm and inviting atmosphere by being mindful and holding ourselves to a higher standard.
We have many tooth replacement options to restore your bite function, oral health, and tooth structure. We offer natural-looking tooth replacement options such as:
- Dental bridges
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Dental implants
Preventing Future Tooth Extractions
Prevention is the best safeguard against future dental extractions and emergencies, by practising good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing at least twice a day and seeing your dentist routinely for dental cleans and exams.
If you play sports or engage in physical activities, you can protect your teeth and avoid injury by wearing sports guards and proper face gear. Do you grind your teeth at night? We can recommend a nightguard to prevent your teeth from cracking or breaking.
Let Us Know if You Have Dental Pain
We recommend never toughing out toothaches or pain. If your tooth has an infection, decay, or disease—we will want to treat it as soon as possible to keep your neighbouring teeth safe and healthy. Contact Be Well Dental to arrange your next dental appointment.