A tooth extraction is a procedure where the tooth is removed from its bone socket. When a tooth has been damaged or broken beyond repair — and when a root canal is not an option — it is sometimes necessary to remove the affected tooth so healing can take place. Dr. Patel may also recommend a tooth extraction for your child if their permanent teeth aren’t erupting properly.
Dr. Patel may recommend a tooth extraction if he determines that your tooth cannot be repaired or saved by a root canal treatment. Dr. Patel’s ultimate goal is to restore your oral health and keep you pain-free, and it’s sometimes necessary to start the healing process by removing a badly damaged or decayed tooth. After tooth extraction takes place and the healing process is complete, Dr. Patel may follow up with a restoration procedure like a dental implant or removable denture.
Some of the common reasons for tooth extraction are:
Removing impacted, damaged, or decayed teeth
When a tooth can’t be saved by repair or a root canal, Dr. Patel may recommend a tooth extraction. Left untreated, a damaged, diseased, or impacted tooth can create serious problems leading to chronic pain, inflammation, and infection that can spread to your:
If the tooth itself is badly damaged (not worth preserving) or the root of the tooth is not salvageable, a root canal may not be an option. In this case, a tooth extraction may be the recommended treatment. Tooth extraction is also considered if the tooth is poorly embedded in the jawbone due to periodontal disease or other damage.
Wisdom teeth that cause crowding or are impacted are candidates for tooth extraction. Extraction of wisdom teeth can prevent damage to surrounding teeth and gums and promote oral health by keeping partial eruptions from harboring bacteria and infections.
Dr. Patel will use state-of-the-art equipment and procedures so you recover from your tooth extraction as quickly and painlessly as possible. A tooth extraction will typically cause initial swelling and discomfort that dissipates after 24–48 hours. Any pain can usually be managed with over the counter medications, but Dr. Patel may recommend a prescription if necessary.
If you think you may need a tooth extraction, call the office for same-day service, or book an online appointment today.
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