When You Should Let A Tooth Go … And Replace It
In a perfect world, no one would ever need a tooth removed. No one would ever have to experience a tooth extraction, and everyone’s smiles would look great for as long as they live.
Or maybe it would be better if we could regrow lost teeth like sharks or alligators.
But that’s not the world we live in. We live in a world in which tooth removal can be the best thing for the long-term health of your mouth. Fortunately, you can visit the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania for this procedure.
We have dentist offices in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA, where we can painlessly extract teeth when needed. We also are prepared to help you replace those extracted teeth, which can help protect the remaining healthy teeth in your mouth.
To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call one of our offices at 610-228-4366 or 570-505-6908.
Why Teeth Should Be Removed
Dentists want to save your teeth, and there are many ways to do this. However, there also are times when a tooth is creating problems that can affect the long-term health of your mouth.
Those are the times with tooth extraction is the best option. Here are a few reasons you may need a tooth removed:
̀■ Crowding — Sometimes one tooth will prevent other teeth from erupting correctly. Removing that tooth can allow your teeth to emerge in a better alignment.
̀■ Tooth infection — When bacteria eats into your tooth, it causes tooth decay and cavities. If left untreated, the bacteria can eat away at more of your tooth, causing a tooth infection. If the infection gets worse, it could spread to other teeth. Removing the tooth may be needed to stop the spread of the infection.
̀■ Gum disease — Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. If teeth are already loose due to untreated gum disease, then it may be necessary to remove teeth to get rid of the infection.
̀■ Impacted Teeth — Impact teeth are not able to erupt completely, which can cause a variety of problems. To protect the rest of your mouth, the best option is often removing impacted teeth. The happens often with wisdom teeth although it can happen with any tooth.
Tooth Removal At The LANAP & Implant Center
If you take some time to look through our site, you will see that we are a holistic dentist office. Our intent is to do things that are healthy for your entire body.
We don’t want you to be in pain, and we don’t want infections to affect your health. That’s why we offer local anesthetic, dental sedation, or a combination of the two to ensure you don’t experience any pain during a tooth extraction at either of our locations.
When you are ready, we will gently remove the problematic tooth.
The next step is packing the socket with gauze. This stops bleeding so we can use stitches when needed.
We will provide you with instructions to help as you heal. This is another time when our holistic approach will be beneficial to you.
In general, patients need a few days to heal from a tooth extraction. We will, however, ask you to make follow-up visits so we can make sure you are healing correctly and address any issues that may arise.
Replacing A Tooth After An Extraction
Removing a tooth will leave a vacancy in your mouth. In many cases, that space has the potential to affect your teeth as well.
We can advise you when you should replace your extracted tooth. We can even do the replacement in our office. We are the LANAP & Implant Center, after all.
Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of missing and extracted teeth. The implants can support dental crowns, bridges, or dentures depending on whether you need to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole row of teeth.
And we also offer zirconia metal-free implants. These are great options for patients with metal allergies or metal sensitivities.
Don’t Let One Bad Tooth Ruin Your Oral Health
Losing a tooth can affect your smile, but leaving an impacted or infected tooth can ruin your oral health. The dentists of the LANAP & Implant Center can advise you on whether tooth removal or another treatment is best in your situation.