As part of our conservative, preventive treatment philosophy, Drs. Robert Neighbors and Brian Herod always try to save natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are times when a tooth is too severely damaged to be repaired with composite fillings or dental crowns. In these situations, a safe surgical tooth extraction may be necessary.
Wondering if one or more of your teeth should be extracted? Our Midlothian, VA team can help you make the right choice. Make an appointment by calling (804) 794-8745.
What to Expect Before, During, and After a Tooth Extraction
The goal of any tooth extraction is twofold. First, the dentist wants to make sure you are completely at ease during the procedure. Secondly, he focuses on removing the tooth with as little trauma to the site as possible.
To achieve these objectives, Drs. Neighbors and Herod will help you prepare for your upcoming tooth extraction by walking you through the treatment beforehand. You may be provided with prescription medications, such as antibiotics and pain relievers, for you to take after the extraction is complete.
During the extraction, your tooth and gums will be numbed with local anesthesia. Some patients prefer heavier sedation due to dental anxiety or other factors. You can expect the experience to be generally pain-free and very comfortable.
After having your tooth extracted, you will be sent home with specific instructions to keep the area clean. Within a few weeks, the site should be completely healed if there are no complications.
Replacements for Missing Teeth After Tooth Extractions
Ideally, you should talk with your dentist about long-term plans to replace any teeth that will be extracted. Missing teeth can become a serious health issue, as well as a cosmetic one. Dental implants can offer a permanent, fixed replacement that keeps the gums and jawbone stimulated and healthy. Fixed bridges can also be possibilities to keep adjacent teeth from shifting.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Contact our practice at (804) 794-8745 to set up a consultation and examination with a dentist who can help you understand your tooth extraction options. New patients are welcome at our office.