As dentists, one of our primary goals is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. In some situations, however, this may not be the most appropriate option. When you do need to have a tooth extracted – for any reason – you want the procedure to be performed as comfortably and conveniently as possible by the dentists you trust.
At Premier Dental, we are skilled in both simple and surgical tooth extractions. If we determine that tooth removal is the treatment most aligned with your dental goals, we’ll make a point of thoroughly explaining why we believe this is the right course of action. We’ll also explain the procedure itself so that you can make an informed decision because, ultimately, your dental health decisions are always in your hands.
Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is damaged by either decay or injury to the point where it cannot be repaired. These may also be done when you are receiving orthodontic care and teeth must be removed to get the results you want. The process is quick and usually painless.
Surgical extractions are performed when the tooth is impacted, which means that all or a portion of the tooth is covered by gum tissue. This can happen when a tooth never fully erupts (as is sometimes the case with wisdom teeth), or it can be the result of an injury that broke the tooth beneath the gumline.
These extractions are a bit more complex than simple extractions and may require a slightly longer recovery time. If you need a surgical extraction, we will work carefully with you to make sure that your procedure can be done as easily and conveniently as possible. We’ll also provide you with complete after-care instructions to help you avoid any complications from the procedure.
We are able to perform most extractions, both simple and surgical, right here in our Orangeburg dental office. There are some instances when it is most appropriate to refer you to an oral surgeon, however, and we’ll discuss this with you if your situation merits.
When it comes to teeth extractions, we get the most questions about wisdom teeth. Nearly everybody knows someone who needed to have their wisdom teeth extracted, and this causes them to wonder if they need to have this procedure performed, as well.
If your wisdom teeth have grown in correctly, are completely erupted from the gum, and are not affecting the health of your other teeth, you do not need to have your wisdom teeth extracted. However, if your wisdom teeth did not erupt and are still covered by gum tissue or if your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or putting pressure on your other teeth, it may be more appropriate to have them removed.
We are happy to examine your teeth and provide a recommendation. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth – or if you need any type of extraction performed – call Premier Dental today.
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