As dentists in Topeka, KS, we do our best to avoid tooth decay, infection, and gum disease to keep you smiling for as long as you can.
Life can throw you a curveball with difficult oral health issues that may require tooth extraction to maintain your long-term oral health.
At Topeka Dentistry, we know how the concept of removing a tooth can be scary, which is why we do our best to keep you comfortable and stress-free. Drs. Ben Rutherford and Carrie Peterson are highly-skilled dental professionals who have successfully performed many dental extractions at our Topeka dental office.
When Is Dental Extraction Necessary?
There is more than one reason why your dentist in Topeka would recommend a tooth removal to keep your smile healthy:
Tooth decay—Many patients seek dental extraction for a severely decayed tooth. We do everything we can to save your tooth, so during our evaluation, we can determine if we can perform a root canal. If the decay is too severe, a tooth extraction will relieve any pain and stop decay from spreading.
Broken tooth—Our restorative dentists at our Topeka, KS dental office may try to protect and strengthen a chipped or damaged tooth with a dental crown. But if the crack extends below the gum line, it may be necessary to remove a tooth and restore it with a dental implant or bridge to keep your smile stunning.
Overcrowded teeth—When orthodontic treatment is necessary to straighten your teeth, it might be necessary to remove a tooth when teeth are too crowded together. Other scenarios might include a tooth that has not fully erupted or broken through the gum line because there is not sufficient space in the mouth. If a wisdom tooth cannot grow in properly, we may need to extract it to keep patients feeling happy and comfortable.
Infection—We do our best to fight infection and contain it, up to removing an infected tooth to stop it from spreading.
Better fit for dentures—Complete or full dentures require the removal of any existing teeth on the upper or lower arch so that the dentures can fit properly. If there are many healthy remaining teeth, we may recommend partial dentures.
What to Expect from Tooth Extractions
Extractions can sound scary, but our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. We do everything we can to make our patients as comfortable and relaxed as we can.
Your Topeka Dentistry dentist will administer an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area. This anesthetic will prevent pain and discomfort during the procedure and allow patients to sleep during it. When the process is completed, we will provide patients with advice on how to reduce the risk of infection, minimize pain, and enjoy a speedy recovery.
Replacing an Extracted Tooth
Once you have extracted a tooth, we advise restoring it with a tooth replacement as soon as you can. A missing tooth can cause neighboring teeth to shift and further tooth loss.
Tooth replacement options at Topeka Dentistry include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Full and partial dentures
Call to Schedule an Appointment with Us
Your Topeka dentists are here through any dental situation. If a dental extraction is necessary, we will make sure that you are comfortable and pain-free.