We are in the business of saving teeth, and our doctors want all of their patients to have every one of their teeth for a lifetime. However, sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted.
The thought of having a root canal or tooth extraction often makes people a little nervous, and that’s why we do everything we can to make you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed during the entire course of your treatment.
Both treatments are sometimes necessary for the longevity and maintenance of your overall oral health. Severely-damaged teeth increase the possibility of infection and can threaten the health of the surrounding teeth and gums, potentially leading to the need for more drastic and costly dental treatments down the road.
It is our philosophy to try to save as many teeth as possible, although there are many tooth replacement options, nothing functions or feels better than your natural tooth. Upon consultation, we can determine which procedure presents the best option for you, your smile, and your long-term oral health. We will provide you with a thorough and complete examination and discuss with you the reasons a root canal or tooth extraction may be the best, most necessary course of action.
Our number one priority is your comfort, and we always aim to deliver the most soothing and relaxing environment possible to each and every person that walks through our door. Contact us today to see if our high-quality root canal and extraction services are right for you.
While we strive to save as many teeth as possible there are some cases where the tooth is too broken down or decayed to restore and extracting the tooth is the only option. We recommend extracting these teeth because leaving a broken or decayed tooth in your mouth WILL lead to an infection and/or toothache in the future. Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that can rid you of a problem tooth once and for all and can be safely and easily performed by the dentists in our Providence, RI office.
Why Missing Teeth Should Be Replaced
If you choose to extract a tooth, it is important to consider how the space will be filled once the extraction is complete. There are many complications that can occur if the space is left as is. The surrounding teeth can shift or tilt into the missing teeth. Bone loss can occur. Changes in your bite may be noticeable. The ability to chew your food may be compromised causing digestion problems. Your smile may also be affected by having a space where the tooth was.
There are many options for tooth replacement. Our doctors can show you options that may work specifically for you.
Extractions and Bone Loss
When teeth are extracted, bone loss begins to happen right away. The best way to prevent this bone loss is to have a bone graft placed at the time of extraction. Oral surgeons and periodontists are very skilled at placing and choosing the best bone grafting material for your extraction site and can perform this procedure at the time of extraction. The picture below shows the difference between a socket with bone grafting and one without.
When many teeth are lost, bone loss can affect the entire jaw. When this loss of jaw height is lost, it can cause skeletal changes that change the appearance of a person.