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At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want to save teeth whenever possible. Modern dentistry allows us to save teeth that otherwise would not be able to provide functionality anymore. However, there are times when a tooth is beyond repair or it has died - in this case, an extraction may be in order. Tooth extractions are also done for patients that require a full set of dentures. Here is what you need to know about extractions.
What Is It Like To Have a Tooth Extracted?
Many people might expect an extraction to hurt, but this is far from the case! The area is numbed before the extraction and thus you won’t feel pain, but you will feel some pressure as the tooth is being loosened and finally removed. If you are particularly nervous, we offer sedation to ease anxiety.
Once the tooth has been extracted there is a recovery process that lasts up to 2 weeks with the first day being the most extreme. You’ll want to avoid opening the blood clot that has formed after the extraction. This involves consuming soft foods and avoiding rinsing. It is important to follow the instructions given after the procedure to prevent dry socket.
What Are Your Options For a Replacement?
If you have had a tooth extracted, you’ll likely want a replacement for it eventually. But what are your options and which one is the best? This depends on your needs at the end of the day, but we will run through a couple of the common options to give you an idea of what might work for you. Remember, we are always happy to discuss with you in person the best actions to take.
When it comes to receiving the most realistic replacement for a natural tooth, implants will feel the most like your prior tooth. Implants are placed in the jawbone where a porcelain prosthetic tooth is then placed on top. This requires up to 3 months to complete the overall procedure as the implant needs time to bond with the jawbone before the prosthetic tooth is placed.
If you have had multiple teeth extracted side-by-side, bridges are a great way to replace them. Traditional bridges consist of two crowns placed on the abutment teeth on opposite ends with pontic teeth lined in between. Bridges are popular for this purpose because they replace multiple teeth with one piece potentially saving you money. You can get them in different materials, including resin, ceramic, and porcelain.
Typically used when a whole set of teeth needs to be replaced, dentures are often compared to implants for this similar purpose, but they are significantly less expensive when restoring an entire mouth. Dentures are fitted on the gums and the patient is able to remove them at will for cleaning.
If your teeth are bothering you, or you need a tooth replaced, at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want to help you have a great smile and functional teeth. You can contact us at 704-629-8081 if you would like to make an appointment with us.