When your teeth are damaged, they can sometimes be repaired by your dentist with a dental filling, root canal, or crown. However, when a tooth is damaged beyond repair because of decay, injury, or other oral health complications, sometimes the only option is an extraction procedure. Our oral surgeons in Lubbock, TX, understand the sensitivity that goes hand in hand with extracting a tooth from your smile, and they work hard to ensure patients are always comfortable. Our team will also make sure to talk to you about your options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants. Dental implants can permanently restore your missing teeth with a natural-looking and fully functional replacement.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
There are a few conditions that create cause for tooth extraction:
- Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the tissues located beneath the bones of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loosening. Once a tooth becomes too loose, it will need to be removed.
- Dental crowding can be caused by teeth that are growing into a smaller-than-average jaw, or when extra teeth are growing into the mouth. If braces or other orthodontic work can’t make space for all the teeth, one or more teeth may need to be extracted.
- Tooth decay that is not caught early on can lead to infections that can spread to other parts of the mouth. The affected teeth may need to be removed before other oral complications arise.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
When performing a tooth extraction procedure, Dr. Steven Hill or Dr. Robert Ioppolo will use local anesthesia to prevent any pain or discomfort, unless the patient is undergoing multiple extractions or a more complicated extraction. For a longer or more complicated procedure, our oral surgeons may administer IV sedation to put the patient in a sleep-like state during the surgery. During your consultation, our oral surgeons can discuss your anesthesia options before deciding on a treatment plan.
After your consultation, you will return for your surgical procedure. First, your surgeon will administer your chosen anesthesia. Then, the tooth or teeth in question will be removed. For simple extractions, the tooth will be loosened and removed. If the tooth is especially large or difficult to remove, your surgeon may remove the tooth in small sections. For teeth that are trapped beneath the gums or broken around the gum line, a surgical extraction will be necessary. For a surgical extraction, some of the gum and bone tissue around the tooth may need to be moved or removed. Once the tooth is removed, your surgeon will ensure that all signs of infection are gone before suturing the surgical site.
Tooth Extractions at Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock
In Lubbock, TX, our team understands many patients are nervous about having a tooth removed, but our office can help you find the best option for replacing or extracting your teeth. Whether you are interested in dental implants, dentures, or other options, a consultation with one of our oral surgeons will help you find the best treatment plan for your needs. We encourage you to browse the information on the site to learn about our treatment plans or contact our office form more information.