There are several reasons that you may require a tooth extraction at our Monroe, LA, practice. We often recommend extraction for a tooth that has suffered severe decay or to alleviate crowding. Whatever the reason, at Oral Surgical Associates, we use gentle techniques that will result in minimal discomfort. We offer a variety of sedation options to make your treatment stress-free, and we often perform surgical extraction using advanced laser technology. In addition, Dr. Eric Geist, Dr. Richard. D. Willis, and Dr. Matthew W. Fowlkes are committed to patient education. Your dentist will explain exactly what you can expect during your extraction, and he will outline subsequent restorative options in detail.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Of course, extraction is a last resort, and we will only remove your teeth if no restorative options are appropriate. Nevertheless, there are several situations in which extraction may be advisable:
- You have severe decay, and a filling or crown is not sufficient to restore your tooth.
- You have a dental infection and have not responded to root canal therapy.
- You have a dental infection and are unable to undergo root canal therapy because of another health condition.
- You do not have enough room for all of your teeth, and they are causing severe crowding.
- Your child’s baby teeth are not coming out when they should, and they are affecting the development of incoming teeth.
What to Expect During an Extraction
To determine whether extraction is necessary and to ensure a precise procedure, your dentist will take x-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans of your mouth. Thanks to our advanced technology, we will be able to obtain detailed digital images for accurate treatment planning. Your dentist will determine exactly where your tooth is located and how he can remove it without disturbing the nearby tissue. He can also look for impacted teeth or those coming in at an angle.
After planning your procedure, your dentist will numb your gums. We use very gentle techniques that involve negligible discomfort. Plus, if needed, we can provide additional forms of sedation to make sure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a common option, since it is mild and wears off quickly. However, if you are particularly nervous, or if you need multiple teeth extracted, you may benefit from a deeper type of sedation such as intravenous (IV) or oral medications.
We use very gentle techniques and also provide additional forms of sedation to make sure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure.
Often, extraction is a simple procedure. Your dentist will simply need to loosen the tooth and then easily lift it from the socket. On the other hand, if your tooth has broken off at or below the gum line, you will typically require a surgical extraction. Your doctor may also perform surgery if you have an impacted tooth, which is unable to fully break through the surrounding bone or gum tissue. Sometimes, your practitioner may need to remove the tooth in several pieces. During this type of extraction, your dentist will create a small incision in your gums to better access the tooth. In most cases, we will use our advanced surgical lasers to make the incisions. Laser treatment is very precise, and involves minimal bleeding and inflammation.
Why Choose Oral Surgery Associates for Your Extraction?
Although a tooth extraction can sound intimidating, the procedure is actually simple and efficient, especially when you visit an experienced doctor. Our team will inform you about the details of the procedure in advance. We will also guide you in the best ways to care for the extraction site afterwards. For example, we may suggest ice packs, non-prescription medications, and a soft diet for a few days. Following these protocols, you can expect to enjoy a quick and easy recovery.
In addition, when you visit us, we will explain your restorative options and help you choose the right way to replace your missing teeth. We are particularly renowned for our skill with dental implants, and we offer various types of implants to meet your specific needs.
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With our skill, your dental extraction could be quick and easy, while preserving your oral health for years to come. Contact our office today to learn more.