When facial injuries, gum disease, severe dental decay, or other conditions cause tooth damage, traditional dental restorations may not be able to save the affected tooth. When this is the case, the tooth must be removed and restored with the appropriate solution to prevent future problems. Tooth extraction is a routine procedure at Southern Surgical Arts in Tyler, TX, and Palestine, TX. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Charles Stone, Dr. Brian Stone, and Dr. Wade Barker, are trained to remove problem teeth and eliminate any signs of infection around the tooth sockets.
We do all we can to save your natural tooth before determining the extraction is the right solution. Sometimes your surgeon or dentist can save a natural tooth through other means, such as root canals, apicoectomy, or other restorative procedures. If an extraction is necessary, we will also discuss your options to restore the missing tooth. A dental implant or bone graft procedure can sometimes be performed immediately after extracting the affected tooth to restore your smile quickly.
Causes for Tooth Extraction
Dental extractions can treat a few conditions:
- Gum disease (periodontal disease). Advanced gum disease can loosen the tooth sockets and damage the teeth. Extractions are sometimes the only option to prevent the infection from affecting nearby bone tissue and teeth.
- Broken or damaged teeth. Most of the time, a broken tooth can be repaired by a dentist or an oral surgeon if it is treated soon enough. In some cases, however, the damage is irreparable, and the broken tooth will need to be removed.
- Severe decay or tooth infections. When tooth decay is severe, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth. If other restorative procedures can’t clear an infection, extraction will be necessary.
- Crowding or impaction. In rare cases, extra teeth can be present in the dental arch, which can lead to crowding and poor positioning. Sometimes baby teeth (especially the canines) do not fall out in time for new teeth to come in, causing impaction. Removing the baby teeth often allows the adult teeth to erupt in a healthy manner.
A tooth extraction is usually performed using local anesthesia, which prevents any pain during the treatment. Most patients report that they only feel a small amount of pressure when the tooth is removed. Many patients also prefer local anesthesia because they can drive themselves to and from the appointment.
Patients undergoing multiple extractions or a more complicated extraction may choose IV sedation as an alternative. This anesthesia option allows patients to enter a sleep-like state and wake up once the procedure is over. Patients who are more anxious about their procedure often opt for IV sedation. IV sedation is also sometimes necessary for longer procedures. Dr. Brian or Dr. Charles will discuss your anesthesia options with you and help you make a decision when you come in for your pre-surgery consultation. Our staff will work with you to make sure you are comfortable before proceeding with any treatment plan.
Tooth Extraction in Tyler, TX, and Palestine, TX
If you need a dental extraction, our oral surgeons can help. All of our doctors have undergone years of training in surgical techniques, the treatment of dental diseases, and anesthesia administration, and they have years of experience removing problem teeth. Contact our office in Tyler, TX, or Palestine, TX, to learn more.