Why would a patient need a tooth extraction?
At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness, we do everything in our power to preserve your natural teeth. However, there are times when that just cannot be done, and we are forced to remove one or more teeth for the sake of your oral health.
- Wisdom Teeth – Your third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth, erupt later in life, when the rest of your permanent teeth have already been in place for several years. This event can push your other teeth out of place, causing pain and crowding. Other times, the wisdom teeth do not erupt all the way and become impacted, which is also painful and can even be dangerous to your health. Our dentists often recommend extracting wisdom teeth to improve dental health and alleviate oral pain and pressure on your other teeth.
- Orthodontic/Restorative Treatment – Sometimes it is necessary to extract teeth in preparation for braces or other orthodontic treatment, usually in cases of overcrowding, to make room in the mouth for teeth to move into the proper position. It may also be necessary to extract any remaining teeth if you are being fitted for dentures or having implants placed.
- Severe Tooth Decay & Oral Infection – When tooth decay is left untreated, it can destroy a tooth completely, making it unsalvageable with current dental technology. In such cases, we may need to extract the tooth to prevent further harm to your oral health.
- Facial Trauma – An injury to your mouth may cause severe trauma to your teeth as well, including major breakage or cracking that is too severe to be repaired with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Extracting the damaged teeth and replacing them with prosthetics may be the only way to restore your oral health in that case.
What to Expect if you need a Tooth Extraction
If your dentist recommends a tooth extraction for whatever reason, there is no need to worry. The procedure is completely safe, and complications are rare as long as the patient follows the dentist’s aftercare instructions properly.
In most cases, a simple tooth extraction only requires local anesthesia. However, if you need several teeth extracted at once, you may need to undergo sedation for the procedure. Once the extraction is complete, you may feel some discomfort over the next few days as the site heals, and the area will be sensitive for some time. We will give you pain medication and aftercare instructions to help you as you recover and to ensure proper healing.
A tooth extraction is not the end of the world
You don’t have to live with a gap in your smile after a tooth extraction. Ask your dentist about the many tooth replacement options we offer at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness.
Dr. Joe Chichetti and Dr. Reena Patel may recommend a tooth extraction if your teeth are severely damaged and cannot be restored with a more conservative treatment option. We will remove your tooth or teeth as gently as possible and will work with you to find the right type of replacement for your smile. Call Chichetti& Patel Dental Wellness at 704-233-3430 to make an appointment with our dentists and learn more about tooth extractions in Charlotte, North Carolina.