When your dentist recommends removing one of your teeth, it can be quite a surprise. After all, the goal of most dental procedures is to preserve your natural teeth and repair any injuries. This means that when we must remove a tooth, it is to best maintain the overall health of your mouth. In other instances, we can place dental fillings, dental crowns, or other restorative techniques that build up your tooth, but they do not always succeed. We could also be forced to remove a tooth when root canal therapy fails to remove the entirety of a bacterial deposit in your infected tooth. We may also discover a case of tooth decay so advanced that there is not enough natural material to secure a restoration in place. When this happens, we invite you to think of tooth extraction as the first step in restoring your smile from significant injury.
At your Katy, TX, dentist’s office, we pride ourselves on providing the most conservative treatment possible when repairing your smile. This means that when we suggest removing a tooth, we have exhausted options to maintain the injured tooth in place. By taking it out, we can help you plan a prosthetic replacement, such as a dental bridge or implant to return the beauty of your grin.
Making The Decision To Extract A Tooth
There are times when a tooth becomes so damaged it is beyond saving with a traditional filling or dental crown. Whether from physical trauma or advanced decay, when it reaches this point, you may experience severe pain from exposed nerves or the inflammatory response to a serious infection. Without treatment, decay could move from your problem tooth throughout your smile, which means we must act to preserve the rest of your smile. By removing the tooth, we can begin to treat your pain and isolate the damage from spreading. This is especially important when infection is present as bacteria risk entering your bloodstream and traveling to other parts of your body. While your extraction leaves a gap in your grin, we can plan a prosthetic to replicate your original healthy tooth and finally restore your smile.
Providing Comfort During Your Procedure
While no one looks forward to removing a tooth, we will provide anesthetic and sedation when need be to ensure your comfort during surgery. After rocking your tooth back and forth from the socket, we will pack the open area with gauze to encourage healing after removing your tooth.
Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Your Restorative Dental Care Needs
Please do not wait to let us know when you have a serious dental injury. To find out more about our restorative treatments, including tooth extraction, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 and schedule a visit.