Wednesday, May 15, 2013

To Extract Or Not To Extract - That is THE Question!

Tooth extractions are done for many reasons.  Probably the most common ones are very badly broken down from tooth decay, too loose from gum disease to salvage it, impacted or problem causing wisdom teeth, or for making room for orthodontic care.

No one likes having a tooth pulled.  While this procedure can cause temporary discomfort, ignoring the pain can cause extensive damage to your tissues and jawbones.

In your dental exam Dr. Clark will do everything he can to preserve your tooth.  However, repairing it may not be a practical solution.  This is due to the condition of the tooth.  Sometimes repairing the tooth is not a practical solution due to the decay being too large and deep, if it's cracked or broken and won't support the repairs needed.  

If periodontal disease has progressed to an advanced stage removing the tooth is the only option because the bone that supports the tooth is so damaged that it cannot do its job effectively.  Your gums cannot hold a tooth in place.  You must have healthy strong bones that anchor the tooth in place.

Some patients experience crowding, or too many teeth to effectively straighten or move teeth through braces or Invisalign.  Aligning your teeth so they function properly is critical for long term oral health.  Wisdom teeth can cause problems if there is not sufficient room for them.
Regardless of the reason why you may need an extraction you can be assured that Dr. Clark will help you understand and feel comfortable with the procedure.  Your comfort and confidence in our team is of paramount importance.  Never be afraid to ask questions or express your concerns.  We are here to make your visit with us a great one!

If you are suffering from any pain today please do not hesitate to call.  Dr. Clark can quickly assess your condition and help you find the solution to your pain and discomfort.  You do not need to suffer needlessly!

Call us today to schedule an appointment.
(541) 451-1440

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