Extractions in Leawood
At Dental 133, our core philosophy is to help you keep and maintain your natural teeth for a lifetime. There are, however, certain circumstances that will sometimes require a tooth extraction.
Our team is well equipped to guide you through your tooth extraction in a comfortable and stress-free manner.
If you’re facing the loss of a an infected or damaged tooth, our treatment recommendations take into consideration how to get you out of pain as well as how to replace your missing tooth in the most efficient, cost-effective means.
Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of molars to arrive, usually around the age of 18 to 25 years old.
Often, there is not enough room for these teeth in your mouth, and they may erupt in a position that is not ideal for your other teeth. Because they’re so far back in your mouth, they can be challenging to brush and floss properly. Sometimes, they may even remain impacted, which means all or part of the tooth may be stuck below your gum line.
For these reasons, we may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed. This is a quite common procedure, and most people have their third molars extracted at some point.
Dental Infections or Decay
When your tooth becomes decayed or infected, if root canal therapy can’t preserve it, Dr. Engelmann may recommend that your tooth be removed. If left untreated, dental infections will spread to other critical areas of your body, so it’s important to take action and extract your tooth before the situation becomes worse.
You’ll want to think about replacing your tooth as soon as possible because a missing tooth will affect the remaining bone, teeth, and gums. Without your tooth, your bone and gums around the extracted tooth will shrink and healthy teeth may begin to shift. This can have a negative effect on your remaining teeth by putting them at risk for fractures, other damage, and misalignment.
If you would like to replace the tooth with an implant, it’s important to plan ahead in order to avoid a more costly and invasive process.
The Extraction Process
Learning that you need a tooth extracted may feel a bit frightening or overwhelming at first; however, you’re in good hands at Dental 133. Your comfort is our top priority, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you feel at ease during your procedure. You can enjoy a movie or music to help you relax, and dental anesthetic will ensure that you don’t feel anything during your procedure.
If you have a tooth that is failing or in need of extraction, Dr. Engelmann is happy to create a plan for comfortably removing your tooth and replacing it if necessary. Contact our office today to learn more.