Removing a tooth is a very definite solution and dentists usually take this as the last option of treatment. While you can see it as the least expensive option to your dental issues, removing a tooth can have an effect on surrounding teeth and or require further dental treatments to ensure that your mouth retains functionality and good aesthetics. At Life Smiles Dental, we are committed to maintain and repair your natural teeth and only consider extractions if there is no other solution.
A tooth can be extracted because of pain, or because it has suffered extensive damage or decay. They can also be extracted when a tooth has been broken or fractured, or when their position is irregular and can affect the alignment or spacing of surrounding teeth. If a molar is impacted in the soft tissue or bone it can also be extracted to avoid further damage as well as to alleviate discomfort.
There are three types of tooth extractions:
Simple extractions – your dentist will loosen the soft tissue around the tooth until the tooth can easily come off the bone. Anaesthesia might not be needed as it is a fast and easy procedure.
Complex extractions – require surgery because your tooth needs to be broken into smaller pieces so that it can be removed.
Impacted teeth – requires surgery to expose the part of the tooth or whole tooth that is stuck on soft tissue or bone.
If you require a tooth extraction, call our offices today to schedule an appointment and have our dentists evaluate you. Our dentists might be able to offer other solutions that could save your tooth.
At LifeSmiles Dentistry, your oral health and beautiful smile is our main priority. We strive to provide the best dental care possible in a relaxed and friendly environment to the people of Lafayette, Indiana. Call us today for an appointment or to ask about our services.