There is nothing like the fear of breaking a tooth. If you’ve ever broken a tooth, you may still be more careful as you step, jump, and run, making sure you don’t trip and break another one! Though we always advise being careful, accidents will happen. That’s where we can come in and help repair the damage. If you’ve recently broken a tooth, or have a dental issue that you’ve been putting off, keep reading to learn more about tooth extraction and your other options when it comes to damaged teeth.
Generally, if the damage to your tooth is severe enough, we will need to consider tooth extraction.
If you have a tooth that needs complete removal due to an accident or severe decay, there are options to retain your beautiful smile. Often, implants are a good option to help maintain the health and look of your mouth.
If the damage is superficial, and the tooth is still alive, then you may be able to get by with a veneer to beautify your smile once more.
Generally, a dentist or oral surgeon is qualified to extract teeth, and they will try to make the process as comfortable for patients. Local anesthesia will numb the area so the tooth can be pulled without pain. If the tooth is impacted, then general anesthesia may be recommended so your dentist can remove the tooth while you are asleep. Impacted teeth are stuck in the gums or jaw bone, so the removal process is a little more involved.
The dentist or oral surgeon may need to remove the tooth in pieces if it is problematic, so being put under is usually the best option for many patients.
A gap in your smile is not welcome news. Thankfully, there are a few options to fill the hole that a missing tooth leaves behind. Implants can help in many ways. They help maintain the health of the mouth and also give you cosmetic results that will keep you happy and smiling. Implants can keep the teeth from shifting, which can cause issues with speech and eating.