Having a tooth extraction is almost always the last resort for a severely decayed or damaged tooth. You might also need extractions if you have dental crowding, as often happens with wisdom teeth. Since Inri T. Hsu, DMD is experienced in gentle dental techniques, you can feel confident that your extraction procedure will be quick and painless. Schedule your exam at Pecos Dental in Henderson, Nevada by calling the clinic, or by using the online booking feature.
You have twenty-eight adult teeth that are each vying for room in your mouth. Somewhere around your late teen years, an additional four teeth start to erupt. These are your wisdom teeth.
Most adults don’t have room for these extra teeth and need to have them removed to prevent shifting. Otherwise, these new teeth can throw off your entire bite, causing difficulty chewing and a crooked smile. You might also need a tooth extraction if your tooth is:
In these cases, pulling the tooth is the last resort. Otherwise, a root canal may be the preferred course of action.
With modern anesthesia, tooth extractions are much less painful than they were years ago. Most patients describe a feeling of pressure or pulling, rather than pain. In fact, most discomfort stems from having to keep your jaw wide open for long periods of time, rather than from the extraction itself.
Dr. Hsu will ensure that you’re thoroughly numb before getting started. You can also request sedation options like nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, to help you relax.
For longer procedures, or if you have a chronic pain condition that makes lying back in the dentist’s chair uncomfortable, Dr. Hsu could suggest an oral or intravenous sedative to calm your nerves further. Many patients even begin to doze off during the procedure.
Possibly. If you’re having a tooth pulled because of decay or trauma, you’re likely going to need to have it replaced. Otherwise, surrounding teeth can shift. Getting a dental implant is typically the best option since it involves placing a permanent, false root that attaches to your jaw bone.
But gum tissue needs time to heal after extraction, so you might have to go several months with the open gap from the missing tooth. If you’re not a candidate for an implant because of inadequate bone or gum tissue, Dr. Hsu could suggest getting a bridge instead.
If you need a tooth extraction, schedule an exam at Pecos Dental by calling the office, or by using the online scheduler.