Tooth extraction is not your first option.
Losing even a single tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health as a whole. While the most noticeable impact is on the appearance of your smile, there are other disadvantages. Chewing your food can be more difficult with a missing tooth. We also use teeth when we speak, and a missing tooth can make it difficult to speak clearly. Not only that, empty space can allow the jaw bone to dissolve. Because of these reasons, we will make every effort possible to keep each tooth.
How do I avoid tooth extraction?
The most important thing when it comes to avoiding tooth extraction is rigorous, daily oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly is the best way to protect your teeth from extractions or other dental interventions.
Another way to protect your teeth is by having regular office cleanings and exams. Our staff may be able to spot a weakness in your daily oral hygiene routine. They can also catch potential problems before they develop into something more severe.
When is extraction necessary?
Protecting your teeth is crucial, but sometimes extraction is the final and necessary option for a tooth. Extraction may be necessary for some of the following scenarios:
A tooth has been seriously fractured
A tooth has been severely impacted into the gums
An infection or abscess has reached advanced stages
Gum disease has reached advanced stages
Tooth decay has reached advanced stages
What if an extraction is necessary?
We strive to preserve and restore every natural tooth, but sometimes extraction may be the only option left. If that happens, we will use x-rays to plan the most effective and painless extraction possible. With recent advances in dental technology and our knowledge, training, and skills, an extraction can be done with little discomfort or pain.