Modern dentistry and gentle, straightforward tooth extractions
There is no tooth quite like a natural and healthy one in terms of optimal appearance, feel, and function. Modern dentistry can come pretty close to recreating that natural form and function with crowns, bridges, and dentures retained by dental implants placed in the jawbone. But, overall, the goal of Creo Dentistry in Marysville, Washington, is to preserve natural teeth and prevent the conditions that ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Should accidents or other challenges to your good oral health arise, extractions will be followed as quickly as possible with the placement of new teeth in the form of conventional complete and partial dentures and bridges or implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures. The longer you go with gaps in your smile, the worse progressive bone loss gets. Bone loss can be pretty devastating; it makes problems with chewing food and with speaking worse. This process of bone resorption can also age you. As the bone shrinks, the lower part of your face can appear collapsed or drawn. The overlying tissues and skin also fall, which gives rise to deep wrinkles and folds.
When extractions may be necessary
Extractions may be the only way to ease pain and restore oral health initially. For instance, if deep infections damage the pulp tissue at the center of the teeth, root canal therapy and other endodontic procedures may not preserve the natural tooth. Some fractures can also irreparably harm the structural integrity of the tooth. Furthermore, wisdom teeth may become “impacted,” which means the developing tooth becomes partially or fully trapped in the bone. It cannot correctly erupt or break through the gums. These impacted third molars or back teeth can then damage surrounding teeth and tissues. Wisdom teeth complications are also associated with considerable pain; the trapped teeth may produce significant pressure as they push up against overlying tissues.
Why extractions are nothing to fear
Your safety and health are in exceptional hands at Creo Dentistry. Dr. Dan Hwang is trained and experienced with many advanced and complex procedures. He has also invested in sophisticated diagnostics and technologies, which aid in precisely planning your treatment and supporting the most comfortable and relaxed experience possible. For instance, he will discuss anesthesia and sedative options before treatment.
Our team will also provide you with clear instructions on how to prepare before your appointment and on caring for the treatment site afterward. Following extractions, it is generally commonplace to experience some swelling, bleeding, or tenderness. You can relieve these side effects with a cold compress or ice pack and medications your dentist may prescribe or recommend. Proper care supports fast and uneventful healing.
Contact us at Creo Dentistry in Marysville, WA, today at (360) 502-7217 to schedule your visit. We may be able to “save” your tooth. Likewise, we can discuss options to replace teeth promptly. Dr. Hwang even offers “immediate” dentures. So, you never have to be seen without teeth!