Whenever possible, your dentist should strive to preserve your natural teeth. In some cases, however, a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that it will require extraction. Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt can extract compromised teeth and restore your oral health using a restoration, such as a dental crown or bridge. You can rest assured you will feel little to no discomfort during your extraction, thanks to advanced techniques and the aid of local anesthetic or sedation. To learn more about the tooth extraction process, contact our Charlotte, NC, office today.
Evaluating Your Condition
Before we recommend tooth extraction or any other sort of dental treatment, you will undergo a thorough evaluation with one of our dentists. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will first explore options to save your natural tooth. In some cases, this might mean removing decay and strengthening the tooth with a filling, inlay, or onlay. In others, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy for an infected tooth. Once the infection is cleared up, the remaining structure of the tooth is typically covered with a traditional crown.
If we determine your tooth should be extracted, it is important that you receive treatment as soon as possible. Decayed and infected tissue can spread, which can damage your gums, teeth, and even jaw bone. Luckily, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can often perform your extraction during the same visit you receive a diagnosis.
The Extraction Process
To begin the procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and minimize any discomfort. If necessary, you may also choose to receive sedation medications to help you relax. Next, your dentist will carefully loosen your tooth within its socket, gently moving it back and forth. If your tooth is held tightly in place, your dentist may need to carefully break it so that it can be removed in two or more pieces. Once the tooth has been removed, we will carefully clean the gum tissue and ensure that no bacteria remains.
Restoring Your Missing Tooth
We offer both traditional and implant-supported restorations to our patients. Depending on the type of restoration you will receive to fill the gap in your smile, you may undergo surgery to place a dental implant. In some cases, this procedure can be performed on the same day as your extraction. During the surgery, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will carefully place a small, titanium post in your jaw bone, where it will function like your missing tooth root. Once it is placed, a dental implant requires a healing period of around three to six months, which is why it is beneficial to place it on the same day as a tooth is removed. We always provide same-day temporary restorations after your extraction, so the aesthetics and function of your bite will be immediately restored.
Once your implant has fused with the bone and healing is complete, we can place an all-porcelain dental bridge or crown that will fill the space left by your missing tooth or teeth. We can also create a traditional, crown-supported bridge if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
For patients with widespread dental decay, the extraction of several teeth may be necessary. For these patients, we provide larger restorations, including partial- and full-arch dentures. If you require this type of extensive restorative care, we can also create a customized full mouth reconstruction plan for you.
To learn more about whether you are a candidate for tooth extraction at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, contact our office today.