October 29, 2017
For some, getting a tooth extracted might seem like a nightmare scenario.
But the truth is, sometimes it’s the best thing for your dental health. Removing a tooth can stop pain and infection. What’s more, if you choose to get artificial teeth to replace what’s removed, dental prosthetics are more natural-looking than ever. You might not be able to tell you had a tooth extracted in the first place!
At Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC, our caring team goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort before, during, and after an extraction procedure. Continue reading to learn how tooth extractions can give you a second chance at oral health, and give us a call at 828-355-5673.
Why Would I Need To Have A Tooth Extracted?
If a tooth is damaged beyond repair — perhaps by decay or gum disease — it can threaten your healthy teeth and tissue. But there can be other reasons to get a tooth removed.
Here are some reasons you might have a tooth extracted:
- Severe damage. If your tooth has been fractured due to a bad accident or other trauma, a crown — or a “cap” that covers imperfections on the visible portion of the tooth — can only do so much. If a tooth is too damaged to fix, removing it might prevent infection.
- Severe infection. If your tooth gets a bad infection, we might recommend a root canal. But if the infection is left untreated for too long, it may abscess beyond the point of saving.
- Advanced gum disease. In severe cases of periodontitis, gum recession can cause teeth to loosen. Once this happens, the teeth may need to be extracted.
- Primary teeth. Believe it or not, some people don’t naturally lose their “baby teeth.” If it gets to a certain point in a person’s development and they still haven’t lost their primary teeth, a dentist may recommend extraction to ensure their adult teeth can grow in.
- Crowded smile. Some people get teeth pulled to prepare their mouth for braces. Similarly, if adult teeth are growing in such a way that it threatens the alignment of other teeth, a dentist might recommend extraction.
- Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised, a dentist might recommend removing a tooth if there is a risk of infection.
And of course, there’s wisdom teeth, which many people have removed.
That’s because wisdom teeth generally erupt in your late teens or early twenties — after the rest of your adult teeth have already grown in. If wisdom teeth grow in misaligned, they can mess up the alignment of your other teeth. There’s also the possibility that wisdom teeth are impacted, or never fully erupt through your gums, causing pain and discomfort.
Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?
There may be some discomfort after the procedure, but rest assured that it’ll be nothing compared to pain from a severe infection or other complication.
Plus, we take every measure we can to ensure your experience is a comfortable one.
Before your extraction, we’ll numb the area with a local anesthetic. We can also provide dental sedation, which will affect how you experience your procedure and what you remember of it afterward. At Appalachian Dental Care, we offer the following sedation options:
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” this fast-acting dental sedative can make you feel a sense of euphoria during the course of treatment. You’ll just take a few deep breaths from a mask we place over your nose, and you’ll begin feeling its effects almost immediately.
- Oral Sedation. With this sedation method, we prescribe a pill that you will take before coming to our office for your procedure. Although some people react differently to oral sedation than others, many say it makes them feel drowsy. You’ll still feel the effects of oral sedation after treatment is over, so you’ll have to have a friend or family member drive you both to and from the office.
- General anesthesia. This is the strongest form of dental sedation we offer. Under general anesthesia, you’ll be asleep during the procedure, which means you won’t feel any pain or stress. As with oral sedation, you’ll have to have someone drive you home following the procedure.
In addition to sedation dentistry, the team at Appalachian Dental Care takes pride in its comfort options. We hope they will help put you at ease before your tooth extraction. If you need a blanket, a neck pillow, or even a massaging chair, we’ll make it happen.
Experience the difference at Appalachian Dental Care. We care about your comfort as much as we care about your dental health! Give us a call at 828-355-5673 to schedule an appointment.