We strive to help our El Paso, TX, patients enjoy optimal oral health and full smiles, providing treatment to protect teeth from serious oral health complications and prevent tooth loss. However, in some situations removing a tooth may be crucial for safeguarding the smile. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about extractions, and how they prevent serious oral health problems, such as wisdom tooth impaction.
An extraction often helps prevent wisdom tooth impaction. Our wisdom teeth tend to arrive in our late teens or early adulthood. Up to four additional molars could arrive, and sometimes only partially erupt, leading to pain, infection, misalignment, and even damage to surrounding teeth. To avoid these major oral health complications, we often remove the teeth before they even erupt. You then avoid any major changes to the health and appearance of your smile!
Infections and Damaged Smiles
Removing a tooth could also help in cases of severe infection. In most situations, when the patient comes to us in a timely manner, we can treat the infected tooth with root canal therapy, preserving the tooth and ensuring a lifelike appearance. However, if the infection becomes severe and threatens to spread to other teeth, we may remove the tooth. The same goes for teeth that have become broken or that have become loose due to periodontal disease. If a patient has misalignment, but there is no room to reposition the teeth, we may remove one in order to correct the smile and fix poor dental alignment. In situations in which we remove teeth due to infection or gum disease, a gap will remain in your smile. We may discuss replacement options, such as a dental bridge or possibly even a dental implant.
Ensuring Your Comfort
We know having a tooth removed could make people nervous. In addition to administering a local anesthetic, we will also discuss sedation options. Dental sedation helps our patients enter a calm and relaxed state, remaining conscious while leaving with little to no memory of the procedure itself. We will also answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, and will walk you through the procedure before we begin. If you have a severely damaged tooth, or one that aches, please let us know. Often, we can correct the issue with a restorative treatment. If we need to remove it completely, we will do so safely and comfortably. If you have any questions about our extraction process, then please contact our team today.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO CAN EXTRACT DAMAGED TEETH
Our Sunny Smiles team is ready to help you enjoy a healthy, functional smile. To learn more about extraction and wisdom tooth removal, please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!