Each of your teeth performs a different function, and they all work together to help you chew comfortably and speak clearly. Our goal at Elegant Smiles Dentistry is to preserve and protect the structure of these teeth for as long as possible.
Even so, there are times when a tooth is too damaged by decay or trauma to be restored with a filling or crown. In these cases, our only option is to remove the tooth to protect your oral health and your general health.
Nobody welcomes the idea that they need to have a tooth extracted. While it can seem like a pretty intense experience, modern dental techniques combined with the support of a caring team make the procedure nothing to fear.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
The two leading causes of tooth loss among adults are gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis) and dental decay (caries). Gum disease is an infection that can damage your gums and the bones that support your teeth. Without treatment, gum disease progresses, and the teeth will loosen and may require extraction.
Tooth loss related to gum disease is commonly linked with risk factors including age, gender, smoking, and lack of adequate oral hygiene and professional dental care. Heart disease, smoking, and diabetes also are associated with tooth loss.
Gentle, Compassionate Care
In most cases, tooth extraction is a procedure that’s needed to protect your oral health. We understand that anxiety about the procedure may make it tempting to put it off for as long as possible. However, you are only prolonging the inevitable, as the tooth will need to be removed at some point.
We work hard to develop trusting, long-term relationships so that in the event that you need a procedure like an extraction, you will feel comfortable turning to us for help. Our team has decades of experience, and we will do everything we can to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Whether you need a warm blanket, a pillow, or a hand to hold, we are here to accommodate your needs! If you experience anxiety and would prefer to drift off during your procedure, we will be happy to talk to you about nitrous oxide sedation.
Discussing Tooth Replacement
Whenever possible, Dr. K will discuss your tooth replacement solutions before we extract a tooth. There are several options to choose from including dental implants, bridges, dentures, and implant-supported dentures.
At Elegant Smiles Dentistry, we offer several tooth replacement options, and one we highly recommend is a dental implant or implant-retained prosthetic like a bridge or denture.
Dental implants are secured firmly in your jaw with an artificial tooth root. Over time, the implant integrates with surrounding bone and tissue and creates a solid foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or full or partial denture.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
If you suspect you need to have a tooth extracted, we urge you to call our Dallas, TX dental office. The sooner we remove the damaged tooth, the sooner we can get you on your way to a whole and healthy smile.