At Value Dental Centers Tempe, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. With proper at-home care and regular dental exams and cleanings, many of our patients are able to keep most, if not all, of their natural teeth well into their senior years. Unfortunately, some teeth become damaged or decay and cannot be repaired with a tooth-colored filling or crown. When this happens, we can perform a tooth extraction at our Tempe, AZ, office and replace the tooth with a natural restoration when necessary. We can also remove troublesome wisdom teeth for patients as needed.
Should My Tooth Be Removed?
At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we typically reserve tooth extractions as a last-resort option if we cannot repair and save your tooth. If, however, your tooth is too damaged or decayed to repair, an extraction may be required. A tooth may be extracted for any of the following reasons:
- Your tooth is too decayed to be healed through root canal therapy
- Your tooth was damaged due to facial trauma and cannot be repaired
- Your periodontal disease has advanced to the point that tooth removal is required
- Your teeth are overcrowded and one or more must be removed in preparation for orthodontic treatment
- One or more of your wisdom teeth is impacted and/or growing in sideways, causing serious pain
- You do not have the space in your mouth to accommodate your wisdom teeth, even if they are growing in correctly
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
To minimize any potential discomfort, we will inject a local anesthetic in your gums. When multiple teeth are extracted, as is often the case with wisdom teeth, you may be placed under general anesthesia instead. To remove an impacted tooth, your dentist will make an incision in your gums and remove the bone, tissue, and the tooth. The incision is then sutured together.
To extract a tooth that is damaged or decayed, your dentist will use forceps to loosen your tooth from the surrounding tissues and pull it out. Depending on your periodontal health, you may require a bone graft in conjunction with your extraction to increase bone tissue to support a dental implant.
Over a period of about six weeks, your gums will heal. After the healing process is complete, we can place a restoration or perform dental implant surgery.
Are There Any Benefits to Tooth Removal?
In some cases, the best option is to completely remove the natural tooth and replace it with a natural looking restoration. Extracting a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth helps to preserve your surrounding teeth and gums. Once your tooth is removed, you will be free from the severe pain the tooth was likely causing you. After a short recovery period, we can place a final restoration to replace your tooth or we can perform dental implant surgery. By quickly replacing the missing tooth, we can prevent jawbone deterioration and misalignment problems.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
It is never advised that you attempt to remove your own tooth at home. Doing so could result in more severe pain and damage, and may then require surgery to remove any remaining pieces of the tooth and roots. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, contact Value Dental Centers Tempe today to schedule your appointment and have your tooth removed by a professional with minimal pain.