We all want to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Unfortunately for most of us, this is easier said than done. Most Americans will have to undergo some type of restorative treatment during their lifetime. For some, this may include a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is the removal of a problematic tooth from its socket in the bone. At Oral and Facial Surgery Center, we may recommend a tooth extraction for several reasons. Do not worry though, we also offer restorations designed to replace missing teeth.
Why You May Need an Extraction
Tooth extraction is usually a last resort to improve your oral health and prevent the spread of disease.
Most extractions are the result of extensive damage caused by tooth decay or trauma. Other reasons include:
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical.
Most simple extractions will be performed by a general dentist. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are above the gumline and can be gripped by a tool called an elevator.
A surgical extraction is used to remove a tooth that has yet to erupt or on that has broken off at the gumline. A surgical extraction is most common for the removal of wisdom teeth. During the procedure, we will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose and remove the tooth. In some cases, we may also need to remove some of the bone. Often, the tooth is broken into pieces to make the extraction easier.
After Your Extraction
After your extraction, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. Minor pain, discomfort, and swelling are common.
Once you have fully healed from your extraction, we can discuss possible replacements. It is important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may experience complications with your bite and jawbone. We typically recommend dental implants, because they are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Talk with Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy to learn more about tooth replacement options.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
If you are experiencing problems with your oral health, call 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location, and schedule your consultation appointment today!