Tooth Extractions Saving Smiles
At Lapalco Family Dental, our goal is to save teeth, not pull them out! Dr. Landry always aims to preserve your natural teeth, but there are certain times when a tooth extraction is the only way to restore proper function and keep your mouth healthy. This is often because a tooth has been damaged beyond repair by trauma, disease, or neglect.
Removing a tooth is a routine procedure here at Lapalco Family Dental. This means that is it a minor surgical treatment performed under local anesthesia (and sedation if you have dental anxiety) and can often be completed in one visit.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
- Severely Damaged Teeth: Dr. Landry can save a decayed tooth from being extracted with root canal therapy, but sometimes, the damage is so severe that the entire tooth must be removed to prevent an infection from spreading and harming the surrounding area. There may also be no structure left to anchor a dental crown. In these cases, the tooth will be removed and replaced with a crown, bridge, denture, or dental implant.
- Loose Teeth: Severe gum disease, or periodontitis, can lead to loose, wobbly teeth. If bacteria have destroyed the underlying bone and soft tissue, Dr. Landry may recommend extraction and tooth replacement.
- Wisdom Teeth: The wisdom teeth are the last to come out and usually cause problems when they do. A tooth may become trapped (impacted) in the bone or gums and come out horizontally or at a complicated angle. It can also exert pressure on the nearby teeth, pushing them out of alignment, and cause infection and/or severe pain. After taking x-rays, Dr. Landry can perform a wisdom tooth extraction under local anesthesia.