Our goal at Madison Smile Solutions is help our patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible. That said, sometimes a tooth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons such as: severe decay, pain, or infection or may need to be removed to make room for orthodontics.
Many tooth extractions are simple, and can be performed by Dr. Kaveh. These procedures are completed with localized numbing with local anesthetic. In some cases, such as with impacted wisdom teeth, we may refer you to a specialist, such as an oral surgeon or periodontist. It is common to have anxiety or feel shameful about needing a tooth/teeth extracted and we understand this and are here for you. We will help you to be comfortable for your appointment so you know what to expect. Dr. Kaveh is also able to arrange for you to be consciously sedated or use nitrous if needed. In any case this routine dental procedure is done more quickly and comfortably than most patients imagine.
The next common question, is do you need to replace the missing tooth and what are the options after a tooth is extracted.
Many patients may consider weighing the risk of leaving a gap where the tooth was removed. The risks vary depending on your health goals, where the tooth was located and the condition of your remaining teeth and gums. Potential risks of not replacing include: shifting of other teeth, nutrition and the ability to chew your food effectively, and your appearance. Check out our implant, bridge, or partial denture links to learn about common replacement choices. Or request at consult and we can let you know answers to your specific situation.