Gentle Tooth Removal in Elkhart
At our Elkhart family dental office, Dr. Snyder’s goal is always to help you save your damaged tooth. Sometimes though, our patients’ teeth are too compromised to be saved or restored. In these situations, an extraction may be necessary to preserve your surrounding teeth, and to alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing.
A tooth may need to be extracted if it has:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Large fractures
- Too little tooth structure left to restore
If you are having full mouth rehabilitation treatments like dentures or dental implants, teeth may also need to be removed for those purposes as well. Wisdom teeth are also routinely extracted, as they are predisposed to infection and impaction.
Fear and anxiety can cause people to avoid dental procedures that they may need in order to maintain, or obtain, good oral health. At our Elkhart office we are happy to offer sedation options to ensure your comfort during your dental procedure.
What to Expect
If an extraction is necessary, Dr. Snyder will numb the area around the tooth to be extracted. As the tooth is removed, all you should expect to feel is some pressure. After the extraction, Dr. Snyder will discuss how to manage any discomfort for the next few days, as well as how to properly care for the extraction site.
Replacing Your Missing Tooth
After having a tooth extracted, you will want to plan on replacing it as soon as possible. Treatments like dental implants, bridges or partial dentures will replace the missing tooth, restore aesthetics, and prevent movement of your other teeth due to the excess space.