When possible, we employ CEREC same-day dental restorations to repair smiles and prevent major issues with your smile. But what if a tooth cannot be treated with a restoration? With a tooth extraction, our team can protect and preserve your smile! At your Lake Hickory dental office, our team is ready to offer a safe and gentle tooth extraction.
The Concerns That Call for Tooth Extraction
When a tooth is too damaged to be treated with restoration, or if the decay or infection present is too advanced for a crown, then removing the tooth prevents the spread of infection to the parts of your smile. We could also remove teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. This could also help with overall bite balance and chewing function too. If you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, our team could extract them to prevent painful impactions and other major complications. If you’ve lost most of your teeth, extraction could pave the way for a set of dentures to complete your smile!
Keeping Your Smile Comfortable During Oral Surgery
We want our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable when they seek treatment with our team. Even if you have dental anxiety, you deserve to enjoy a positive experience at the office! Our team could administer a local anesthetic to the area being treated. We also have dental sedation, treatment options designed to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. We will select the right sedation for you based on a number of different factors.
Removing the Tooth
When you’re properly relaxed, we will move forward with the extraction. Using digital x-rays, we will pinpoint the position of the tooth and the roots, so we can plan treatment in detail and avoid nerve tissues, blood vessels, and sinus cavities. Our team will then gently loosen and remove the tooth with a pair of forceps, and will suture the area closed. With detailed aftercare instructions, you can help secure a complication-free healing period. We will remove any structures in a follow-up visit.
In some cases, the tooth could be extracted due to damage or poor oral health, leaving behind a gap in your smile. In these situations, our team could discuss possible replacement with one or more dental implants, which look and function like natural teeth. If you have any questions about tooth extraction and tooth replacement, then contact our team today to learn more.
Schedule a Visit with Lake Hickory Dental!
Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid major complications without treatment. To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at Lake Hickory Dental in Hickory, NC at (828) 322-6731.