The team at Quarry Hill Family Dental will do everything they can to help save your tooth. However, there are times when you may need to have an extraction.
Patients often have misconceptions about having a tooth extracted. The process is often portrayed as a much worse experience than it has to be. Our team will answer any questions you have about your dental extraction and make sure to provide comfortable treatment.
Why Get an Extraction?
Dental extractions are often one of the last treatment options for a severely damaged tooth. In most cases, trying to save your tooth is the best option, but when a tooth has a poor prognosis, Dr. Jarrett will recommend you have it extracted. Some common reasons for tooth extraction are:
- Severe decay
- Overcrowding (often wisdom teeth)
- Failed root canal
- Cracked tooth or root
- Severe gum disease
When we recommend extraction, it is important to schedule treatment immediately. If you do not have your tooth extracted soon enough complications may occur including:
- Infection which can lead to pain, swelling, and possibly sepsis
- Cavities on adjacent teeth.
- Damage to unerupted permanent teeth.
- Bone loss around adjacent teeth
My Extraction Visit
During an extraction, Dr. Jarrett will first numb the tooth and surrounding gums so you will not feel any pain. Your comfort during the extraction is a priority of our team. While the tooth is being extracted, you will feel the pressure that is being placed on your tooth and jaw. This is unavoidable but not painful. If you are feeling any nervousness or anxiety, nitrous oxide is available to help provide a better experience.
The actual extraction can take as little as a few minutes up to an hour depending on the root structure and health of the tooth. Before extracting your tooth, Dr. Jarrett will discuss what to expect during your appointment.
Tooth Replacement Options
After we extract a tooth, there are several options to fill in the open space. It is essential to replace the tooth to maintain the overall health of your remaining teeth. Dr. Jarrett can discuss what follow-up treatment options she recommends including:
To best replicate the look and feel of your extracted tooth, we recommend having an implant placed. Dr. Jarrett teams up with several specialists who will place the implant, and after the implant has time to stabilize, Dr. Jarrett will place a crown over it. Your new “tooth” will look and feel like a real tooth.
When one or both of the adjacent teeth would benefit from a crown, a bridge is a great option. A bridge will replace the extracted tooth while the crowns strengthen adjacent teeth. Bridges are also a good option when you have bone loss around your extracted tooth, and an implant is not an option.
Partial or Full Denture
If you have several existing missing teeth or need multiple extractions, a partial or full denture is a good solution. A partial denture is used to replace multiple missing teeth spread throughout your upper or lower arch. It is a cost-effective option that provides a tremendous impact on your the functionality of your remaining teeth. If a full denture is needed, implants can be placed to aid in the stability and functionality of a full denture.
Please Call Us for An Appointment
If you suspect you might need extraction, or you just have questions about the procedure, please call our office at (507) 216-9891 to arrange a convenient appointment.