At Mobley Family Dentistry, we strive to restore your teeth to a healthy state whenever possible. Sometimes, however, surgical dental procedures and tooth extractions are necessary to treat dental problems and eliminate infection.
When a tooth nerve has become infected and the tooth itself cannot be restored with a filling, root canal or crown, it may be necessary to remove the tooth.
Most routine dental extractions can be performed with local anesthetic in a short appointment. Usually patients are comfortable soon after the procedure; our dentists may also prescribe antibiotics and other medications to help relieve any soreness while the mouth heals.
We sometimes meet patients that have a toothache and want their tooth removed to alleviate pain. We definitely understand how this must feel! Our first course of action is to get them comfortable with local anesthetic or other treatments so they can make a well-informed decision about the appropriate treatment plan. Extraction is frequently not the recommended approach in these situations.
Each tooth has a job to do, and they work together to aid the digestive processes. In most cases, when a tooth is removed, it will need to be replaced with a dental implant, bridge or removable denture to regain lost function. These types of tooth replacement procedures can be more costly than other restorative treatments that could save the natural tooth, such as a root canal and crown.
Why do I need to replace a lost tooth?
If a missing tooth is not replaced, this can create problems for other teeth as they move and shift into the open space left by the extraction. Eventually, even more teeth could potentially be damaged and lost.
The exception would be in the case of third molars, or "wisdom teeth". These teeth usually erupt during the late teen years; for most patients they are very difficult to keep clean and can be a problematic source of tooth decay, abscesses and pain.
Third Molar "Wisdom Teeth" Extractions
If there is not enough room for existing or partially-erupted wisdom teeth, our dentists may recommend that they be removed. Dr. Bob Wilson has completed advanced training in surgical extractions, as well as IV sedation dentistry. Following a consultation and complete dental examination with necessary x-rays, he will talk with you about sedation options and what to expect on the day of surgery. IV dental sedation is a deeper form of sedation that helps you stay fully relaxed during the procedure. Learn more about sedation dentistry at Mobley Family Dentistry.
Restorative Dental Surgery Procedures
Dr. Wilson provides restorative surgical treatments, such as the placement of dental implants, as well as bone and soft tissue grafting procedures. These services provide the necessary foundation to rebuild your smile so you can feel confident about speaking, eating and laughing again.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants or wisdom teeth extraction, please Contact Mobley Family Dentistry.