At Dean Dental Care, our goal is to help you preserve your natural pearly whites for life. However, if a tooth becomes severely decayed, broken, or infected, it can pose a threat to both your oral and overall health. In these cases, we can protect your smile by removing problematic teeth with a gentle tooth extraction in Covington. If you have a damaged or painful tooth, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment to see if you would benefit from having it removed.
There are only a few reasons why a tooth would need to be extracted, including:
There are numerous benefits of retaining your natural teeth, so we only recommend extraction when it’s absolutely necessary. In some cases, the tooth may be able to be saved with a dental crown or root canal therapy. However, if there are no other viable options, removing the problematic tooth can eliminate the issue and restore your oral health.
If you end up needing a tooth extraction, knowing what to expect can relieve a substantial amount of stress.
We’ll work quickly to get you out of pain as soon as possible, usually by applying a local anesthetic to the area to numb it. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about your procedure, Dr. Dean offers calming sedation options that can help you sit back and relax while we care for your smile. Once you’re completely comfortable, we’ll carefully grasp the problematic tooth and genlty rock it back and forth. Eventually, it will detach from its supportive structures and slip out of its socket.
Before you leave our office, we’ll give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth during the recovery period. Generally, we’ll encourage you to rest for the next 24 hours and stick to a diet of soft, nutritious foods for the next two days. You’ll be instructed to take your prescribed pain medication or an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort. In most cases, we’ll recommend that you use and ice pack and rinse your mouth out with saltwater several times a day.
Leaving a gap in your smile after a tooth extraction can lead to serious complications later in life. Thankfully, we offer several replacement options to choose from.
A dental bridge is a classic, affordable, and quick way to regain a full set of beautiful pearly whites if you’re missing one tooth or several consecutive teeth. This method involves placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap to support a lifelike restoration between them.
When it comes to replacing any number of teeth, dental implants are the gold standard. A titanium post is fused with your jawbone and topped with a beautiful dental crown. This provides unmatched comfort, function, appearance, and longevity. What’s more, thanks to Dr. Dean’s advanced training, every step of the dental implant process can be performed right here in our office.