When one or several of your teeth have been broken or damaged, you have two options. The first is to preserve the tooth with a crown, veneer or other prosthetic. The other is to remove the tooth, potentially replacing it with an implant going forward.
Tooth extraction is a common procedure that is recommended in cases where a crown or a filling won’t be enough to treat the damage. Other reasons may include:
- A loose tooth
- A tooth blocking other teeth from coming in
- A wisdom tooth that causes pain and discomfort
Teeth extraction is a routine procedure that is carried out by the surgeons in our clinic on a regular basis. More often than not, the process is quick and causes minimal discomfort for our patients.
Your oral surgeon will start by gathering your dental history and relevant X-rays prior to scheduling the procedure. This ensures that the plan for the treatment is as comfortable and efficient as possible. Once you’re at the clinic, your dentist will apply local anesthesia before beginning the extraction, which will ensure that the surgery is as pain-free as possible.
When Is Sedation Required?
If the surgical tooth extraction is more complicated – for example, in cases of wisdom teeth being broken off, the procedure will be carried out under general anesthesia by an oral surgeon.
General anesthesia will ensure that you will not feel pain throughout the extraction and will help prevent you from experiencing pre-surgical anxiety and stress. Some of the lengthier and more complex dental surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, which not only keeps the patient relaxed, but also allows the dentist to work under safer conditions.
Having had a tooth removed, you may experience a certain level of discomfort even after simpler surgeries. This is no cause for worry or panic. Your dentist will walk you through all the necessary steps for post-surgical treatment and follow-up, including recommendations for anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen.
If you are concerned about scheduling a procedure, or are experiencing anxiety in relation to dental treatments in general, please do not hesitate to contact your doctor. Acadia Dental staff is highly qualified and will give you a recommendation regarding the anesthesia method that is most comfortable and effective for you.
If you are suffering from toothache and would like to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact us at (732) 290-1660.