Miller Dental may determine that you need a tooth removed for any number of reasons. Some teeth are removed because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired.
Other teeth may need to be extracted because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, the dentists at Miller Dental will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
At Miller Dental, our main concern during your dental visit is your comfort. The fear of experiencing pain during tooth extraction is something that we deal with head-on. Depending on if you do not feel fully numb prior to the procedure, we may add more anesthesia during the procedure; allow more time for it to take effect; try a different anesthetic, or stop the procedure completely to possibly bring you back another day.
If nothing else works, oral sedation may be an option. We go out of our way to make sure you feel next to nothing during your extraction or other commonly feared procedures.
At Miller Dental, we will provide you with appropriate prescription pain medication at the end of your extraction appointment. If you experience pain, you may also use non-prescription pain relief medications.
After a tooth is extracted, the resulting depression in your jawbone will slowly start to fill with new tissue. This process may take up to six months. However, after 2-4 weeks you should no longer notice any inconvenience.
Contact Miller Dental today to learn more about our tooth extraction procedures.