If one of your teeth is badly decayed, damaged, or cracked, there’s a possibility it may need to be extracted. Matthew St. George, DDS, at St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, can help determine if a tooth extraction is necessary and will provide you with the options you have to fill in the gap afterward. If you have any further questions on tooth extractions, call our office today.
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, yet there can be various reasons as to why Dr. St. George may need to extract your tooth. A common reason is because your tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged beyond repair.
Dr. St. George injects local anesthesia to numb the area where the tooth is to ensure your comfort throughout your extraction. More often than not, Dr. St. George can pull the tooth within a few minutes. However, if your tooth is impacted, he has to make an incision in your gums to reach the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it comes out.
Once Dr. St. George pulls your tooth, a blood clot typically forms instantaneously in your tooth socket to stop the bleeding. He recommends you eat soft foods for the first 24 hours in addition to avoid sucking from a straw as this can burst the blood clot at your extraction site.
After Dr. St. George extracts your tooth, you’ll have multiple options to choose from to fill your tooth gap, such as:
If you’re missing one or more teeth and want to replace them, having any of the above procedures can help in improving the aesthetics of your smile and your oral health.
Removing your third set of molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, can prevent a multitude of dental problems because most people don’t have enough room for these molars in their mouth. This can lead to teeth crowding, infected teeth, or pain.
By seeing Dr. St. George semiannually for your dental checkup along with regularly flossing and brushing, you’re greatly reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease, which are two huge factors in why teeth are removed.
If you’re concerned about your oral health and would like to have a dental checkup, call St. George Family Dental today.