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Treatment Options Following Tooth Extraction

October 23, 2015

father and daughter with matching missing teeth after tooth extractionLosing one or more teeth is never an enticing prospect for patients, and at On Point Dentistry, our dentist and team strive to help patients restore and maintain their natural teeth whenever possible. In cases where tooth extraction is unavoidable, we offer a wide variety of tooth replacement options, so patients’ smiles remain whole and beautiful.

Why Teeth Need to be Extracted

At On Point Dentistry, we do our best to preserve patients’ natural teeth, but there are some instances where saving teeth will be more detrimental than extraction. There are three main reasons our team recommends tooth extraction:

  • Crowding – When the jaw does not have the space to accommodate new teeth, allowing them to develop may do more harm than good creating misalignment, overlapping, and other orthodontic concerns down the line. This most commonly occurs with wisdom teeth (third molars), but can happen with other teeth depending on individual jawbone development.
  • Infection – Severe damage or tooth decay can sometimes make it necessary for a tooth to be removed. In most cases, we will try to save the tooth, but if the infection has begun to damage surrounding teeth, does not respond to root canal therapy, or if patients have a weakened immune system, extraction may be the right option.
  • Gum Disease – Severe gum disease, periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss among US adults. This severe form of gum disease separates teeth from soft tissue and causes jawbone deterioration leading to tooth loss. In many cases, we can treat the gum disease and retain natural teeth, but sometimes, the damage has progressed too far and extraction is necessary.

The Tooth Removal Process

The process for removing teeth varies based on individual situations, but there are two methods for extracting teeth:

  • Pulling – Exactly as it sounds, your Carrollton dentist, removes the tooth using forceps to pull it gently from the root.
  • Surgical removal – Surgical removal is required for teeth that are impacted (not able to erupt from below the gum line) or otherwise unresponsive to pulling. The dentist removes gum and bone tissue surrounding the tooth, and uses forceps to gently loosen and pull teeth. As a last resort, your dentist may need to break the tooth to remove it in pieces.

Tooth Replacement Options

At On Point Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of restorative dentistry services for patients with lost or damaged teeth. After tooth removal, we highly recommend patients replace missing teeth to keep their smile healthy and complete. Our tooth replacement options include:

  • Crown & Bridge – a permanent, sturdy tooth replacement option for 1 to 3 consecutive missing teeth
  • Full & Partial Dentures – the traditional, removable, replacement prosthetics used to restore numerous nonconsecutive teeth or a full arch of teeth
  • Implant-Supported Dental Prosthetics – because implant-supported replacement teeth restore the tooth from the roots up, they can be used to replace any number of missing teeth from a single tooth to a full arch.

Find Out More from Your On Point Dentistry Team

If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted or are in need of an extraction, contact On Point Dentistry. Our team will help you develop a treatment plan that doesn’t stop at pulling the tooth. Our team removes the tooth, and offers replacement options to keep your smile whole.

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