Although it might seem counterintuitive, a periodontal treatment plan may require that teeth be extracted to achieve overall oral health. A long-term treatment plan may recommend a tooth extraction based on the progression of decay, disease or trauma.
Reasons for Dental Extractions
There are many reasons that Dr. Goldwyn might recommend a dental extraction. These can include the following:
- Extensive decay present in a tooth or teeth that cannot be repaired and pose a danger to surrounding teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth that cannot reasonably be repaired and will otherwise decay
- Teeth that show the effects of advanced periodontal disease where supporting bone is damaged, loosening the tooth
- Impacted or malpositioned teeth that pose a greater risk of decay and periodontal disease
Regardless of the reason for a tooth extraction, Dr. Goldwyn takes the time to discuss treatment options as well as answer any questions you might have pertaining to this procedure.
Before a Dental Extraction
Once you and Dr. Goldwyn have agreed on a long-term periodontal treatment plan that includes a dental extraction, preparations will be made to complete the procedure. At this point, Dr. Goldwyn will need to know of any medical information regarding this procedure, including any bleeding problems, medications, and medical conditions that need to be addressed. Depending on the level of infection surrounding the tooth and your medical needs, Dr. Goldwyn may require an antibiotic be prescribed before a dental extraction is performed.
How Teeth are Extracted
Even though a tooth extraction may be better for your overall dental health, you may feel anxiety when it comes to the procedure itself. However, extracting a tooth can be compared to losing baby teeth in that the tooth being removed is gently loosened from the surrounding socket and separated from the ligament that holds it into place. After administering complete, local anesthesia, Dr. Goldwyn will remove the tooth as atraumatically as possible. The area will then be cleaned and, if needed, bone grafting and suturing will be done to preserve, or improve the bone and accelerate healing. Tooth extractions are relatively simple, and Dr. Goldwyn and his team at Portland Periodontics make every effort to ensure your comfort.
After a Dental Extraction
Once a tooth has been extracted, Dr. Goldwyn and his team will provide specific instructions for post-operative care or the future including dental implants. Discuss these important instructions, along with any questions you might have, thoroughly with Dr. Goldwyn to decrease healing time and avoid any possible complications regarding your periodontal treatment.