Nobody wants to hear that they need to have a tooth extracted. Dr. Spencer understands this. He prefers to save teeth whenever possible, but sometimes the best treatment option for your overall comfort and health is to have a tooth removed.
Although the thought of having a tooth removed always induces at least a little bit of anxiety, you can rest assured that Dr. Spencer’s caring touch will make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
Dr. Spencer removes teeth for a wide variety of reasons:
- Periodontal disease: This is the leading cause of tooth extractions in America. Unless cared for, the gums and bone that support our teeth can slowly deteriorate over time. Eventually, our teeth may become loose and need to be extracted.
- Dental decay: Cavities form very slowly over time. Sometimes they hurt, but often they do not. If left untreated, bacteria can decay all of the healthy tooth structure, leading to pain or tooth fractures.
- Chipped or broken teeth: Most chips and fractures can be restored with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, but sometimes teeth break at or underneath the level of the gums. When this happens, there may not be enough natural tooth structure remaining to act as a solid foundation for tooth restorations.
- In preparation for dentures: Many of us have slowly lost our teeth over time. A point comes when we decide that the best option for restoring esthetics and function is to have the remaining teeth removed to receive a new set of dentures.
You Have No Need to Worry
We understand that dental extractions are very intimidating. Sitting in a dental chair while someone removes a tooth is a very vulnerable position. Dr. Spencer cares about his patients' comfort and believes that good communication is the best way to reduce anxiety during a dental extraction procedure.
Good dental extractions begin with good anesthesia. Before placing any force on your tooth, Dr. Spencer will check to make sure you are completely numb. After beginning the procedure, you may feel pressure on the tooth, but you should not feel any sharp pain. If you do, Dr. Spencer asks that you raise your hand. At that time, he will give you more anesthetic until you cannot feel any sharpness.
During your extraction, you need to know that you are in control. Dr. Spencer will not proceed until you are comfortable. Once Dr. Spencer obtains good anesthesia levels, then you can relax, knowing that Dr. Spencer will have the tooth removed shortly.
Once a Tooth Is Gone, It Doesn’t Have to Be Gone Forever!
Thanks to the miracles of modern dentistry, Dr. Spencer offers many tooth replacement options such as dental implants, bridges, partial dentures, or complete dentures. Please reach out to us if you feel you need to have a tooth removed or if you have had a tooth removed in the past and want to replace it.