There is no better option than your natural teeth. With proper care and an ounce of prevention, most of your teeth should outlast you. Of course, many issues both foreseen and unforeseen can destroy even the best laid plans.
When you need a tooth extracted, the dentists of Tippit Dental Group will take good care of you from start to finish. We will support you through the procedure, ensuring your comfort throughout. Your dentist will also discuss your options for effective tooth replacement.
When Teeth Should Be Removed
In most cases, we can protect your natural teeth with restorative treatment such as fillings and crowns. In some cases, however, decay may have progressed too far or periodontal disease has caused too much damage for us to save your tooth. When this happens, you will need to have that tooth extracted.
Other reasons a tooth extraction may be necessary include:
- Failed root canal therapy
- Impacted teeth
If you think you need an extraction, come see us for an examination. We will evaluate the tooth and walk you through your options.
After Your Extraction
Once we remove your problem tooth, we will provide you with some post operative instructions to make the healing process as comfortable and healthy as possible. Here are some general guidelines:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid aggressive rinsing
- Do not drink through a straw
- Limit any strenuous activities for the first 24 hours
- Take any medications as prescribed
- Chew away from the surgical area
- Stick to soft foods for a couple of days
- Clean the surgical site gently
Our mouths heal remarkably well and rest assured you will feel better. Follow your dentist’s instructions, and call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
The best option of replacing a missing tooth is an implant. Talk to your dentist about implants to restore your smile or regain your chewing. If an implant is not an option, other ways to restore the space include bridges and dentures.
Although some teeth do not need to be replaced, it is not advisable or healthy to leave spaces in your mouth. Teeth can shift and move into spaces causing your normal bite to “collapse.” This can cause difficulty chewing and lead to long term problems. Ask about the best option for your case before you get started.