At Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we never take the decision to remove a tooth lightly; if we have the option of saving it, we’ll do everything in our power to keep your smile intact. But if an extraction is needed for whatever reason, Drs. Rutledge, Le, and Bradley will combine advanced techniques with a necessary level of sedation to make sure tooth extractions in our Lincoln, NE office remain safe and comfortable. Call us today if you notice signs that a tooth might need to come out for your own health.
A tooth that can be clearly seen in your mouth can be loosened with a special instrument called an elevator; we can then gently rock it back and forth with forceps until it is removed. Surgery may be necessary for teeth that either haven’t erupted or have broken at the gum line. Sometimes the tooth will need to be broken into sections instead of being extracted all at once. No matter what kind of extraction you undergo, your mouth will be numbed so that you don’t feel pain.
Even if an extraction is needed, living with a gap in your smile has consequences. If the tooth isn’t replaced soon, those that remain may drift into the gap and wear down faster due to an unbalanced bite; also, the bone underneath the socket will start to melt away. However, if you have a dental implant placed, you can keep your smile whole and avoid long-term health issues. You can schedule a dental implant consultation at our office if you think you’ll need to have a tooth replaced in the future.