Tooth Extraction Only When Necessary
At Clearwater Dental Associates we do everything we can to save your natural teeth, but there are times when a tooth is beyond saving and must be extracted. In fact, over 74 percent of all adults have had to have at least one tooth extracted during their lifetime. If a tooth that requires extraction is not removed, it can cause a variety of complications to your oral health and even overall systemic health. Our doctors provide gentle tooth extractions to help restore your mouth to its ideal function and to eliminate pain or future complications.
Are you in need of a tooth extraction?
Signs you may need a tooth extracted include:
- Impacted or painful wisdom teeth
- Decayed or infected teeth
- Severely damaged teeth
- Crowded teeth in need of orthodontics
- Preparing for dentures or dental implants
- Retained baby teeth
Preserving Your Jaw Bone After a Tooth Extraction is Important
Traditional tooth extraction involves numbing the location surrounding the targeted tooth and gently removing it from the bone and gum tissue that holds it in place. After a tooth is extracted, we typically perform a ridge preservation bone graft at the empty tooth socket in order to maintain the jaw bone. By keeping your jaw bone at a healthy volume, your surrounding teeth are less likely to shift into the empty space, leaving you better qualified for dental implants, the suggested form of tooth replacement.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are extra molars that can grow in at the back of the mouth during the late teenage years and may require extraction. When these teeth grow, there may not be enough space in the jaw to accommodate them comfortably or the wisdom teeth can grow in at an incorrect angle. When this occurs, several complications can develop, including crowding, damage to surrounding teeth and even infection of the gums. By surgically extracting the wisdom teeth, we can relieve these painful conditions and preserve the jaw and surrounding teeth from damage.
A Routine and Gentle Procedure
Many of our patients experience relief from pain or discomfort after they have an extraction and can return to a normal quality of life afterward. Clearwater Dental Associates offers relaxing sedation dentistry for those anxious or fearful about their extraction procedure. For wisdom teeth surgery, we can have an experienced oral surgeon perform the treatment in one of our 17 operatories. Tooth extractions are a routine procedure for our doctors and staff, so you can rest assured that you will receive the best care possible.