The goal of restorative dentistry is typically to prevent the loss of natural teeth, but there are circumstances that make tooth extraction the best option for maintaining oral health, including:
- Advanced decay
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment or denture placement
- Severe infection that destroys portions of the teeth and supporting bone
- Impaction (teeth that fail to erupt properly and become stuck)
- Extensive tooth crowding
The most commonly extracted teeth are third molars (aka wisdom teeth), which are the last to erupt into patients’ smiles. This late eruption can lead to crowding, impaction and other health concerns, and we may need to extract the teeth to prevent this unnecessary damage and easier at-home care.
When we remove your tooth, our dentist and team will take great care to minimize pain and discomfort, and help you feel more comfortable during your procedure. We will extract the tooth as carefully and gently as possible in order to avoid further damage and provide you with an effective treatment.
Following your tooth extraction, we will provide you with post-op instructions to help you heal properly. If you need to replace the tooth, we will review all replacement options with you so that you can understand the benefits of each type of tooth replacement and make the choice that is best for you and your oral health.
To learn more about tooth extractions in Carrollton, Texas, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Hattaway, call Indian Creek Dental at 972-836-8653.