For virtually all dentists, tooth extraction is a treatment only considered as a last resort. It’s always best to keep your natural teeth whenever possible; however, there are some situations where tooth extraction makes the most sense. Often it can improve your oral health immediately—and it can pave the way for treatment down the road.
At Webster Groves Dental, we offer gentle tooth extractions by an experienced dentist. Give us a call if you have a troublesome tooth that might need to be extracted.
Situations That Call for Tooth Extraction
If you are in pain, have tooth crowding or an abscessed tooth, it might make sense to have the tooth extracted. After your tooth has been extracted, we can talk to you about tooth replacement options, including dental implants.
Some of the benefits of tooth extraction include:
- Oral health might improve by eliminating a painful or infected tooth. If your tooth is infected, the infection can spread to your healthy teeth, putting them at risk as well.
- Patients who are in pain can sometimes only find relief by having a tooth extracted.
- When teeth are crowded, this can make future orthodontic treatment difficult. In some cases, it makes the most sense to remove teeth to make room.
- When a troublesome tooth is pulled, patients often open themselves up to restorative treatment, such as dental implants. Dental implants are most like the natural tooth—without the pain and trouble.
The Tooth Extraction Process
We will use a local anesthetic before extracting your tooth to ensure a comfortable, pain-free experience. Dr. Matthew Wenzel has the experience to ensure the entire process goes smoothly. He will also provide you with instructions for self-care after the extraction to help promote healing.
He will also talk to you about future orthodontic treatment or about tooth replacement options, depending on your reasons for extraction.
Call Webster Groves Dental for Comfortable Tooth Extractions
Whatever the reason for your extraction, you can count on our Webster Groves, MO dental office for as pleasant an experience as possible.