Teeth are vulnerable to infection because of their constant contact with bacteria, and they can also become damaged easily if you do not take proper care of them. Tooth damage can result from injury, decay, or improper use, such as using your teeth to rip tags off clothes. While dentists are sometimes able to repair damage to teeth with fillings, root canals, or crown placements, when the damage to a tooth is too extensive, it is often removed. Teeth extractions are common in instances when leaving the tooth in the mouth could lead to problems for your other teeth.
The team at Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons understands that the thought of losing a tooth can be somewhat daunting. One of the best ways to ease your nerves and increase your comfort level is to watch the short videos below, which feature past patients talking about how glad they are that they had a tooth removed. Hear from these patients about why a tooth extraction was the right choice, and learn why their experience was so positive. Some of our patients even discuss their decision to replace their teeth with dental implants. We encourage you to watch these videos to get a good idea of what to expect from a tooth extraction, as well as to hear about your options for replacement following the surgery.
Tooth decay, dental crowding, injuries, and other oral health problems can all lead to a tooth failing. Sometimes fillings, root canals, and other procedures can restore the health of a natural tooth, but in more severe cases, extraction is the only option. When a tooth cannot be saved, sometimes it becomes necessary to remove the tooth to preserve the health of the rest of the mouth. Some of the most common reasons a tooth requires extraction are
At Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs. Cooper, Teeples, Toponce, and Reddinger are highly qualified to extract teeth efficiently, minimizing swelling and recovery times. If you require a tooth extraction, your surgeon will perform a thorough mouth examination to plan the best method for extraction. During this consultation, you and your surgeon will also determine what form of anesthesia is best for you. Oral surgeons are extensively trained in the proper administration of many different forms of anesthesia, and our surgeons have years of experience performing extractions.
Our surgeons perform dental extractions in our surgical-style operating suite in Kennewick, WA. If your dentist recommends that you have a tooth extracted, we will see you as soon as possible to perform a full examination and form a treatment plan.
Our surgical team will provide you with all of your restoration options for your missing tooth during your initial consultation. Missing teeth can lead to jaw bone deterioration, shifting of healthy teeth, and a host of other dental problems. That is why restoring your missing tooth with the proper replacement option is critical to overall oral health. If you elect to restore your missing tooth with a dental implant, the implant can often be placed during the same procedure that the tooth is removed.
To learn more about your extraction and restoration options, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation. We will provide you with all of the information needed to select the restoration option that is right for your mouth and smile.