No matter what your age, you hope to keep your natural white smile for a lifetime. You brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist like clockwork and watch for the early warning signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
Proper oral hygiene is the best way to avoid problems with your teeth, but it is still possible that you will need a tooth extracted at some point. There are many reasons why you would need an extraction, from a root system that has been compromised by gum disease to physical damage caused by a fall or other injury.
If an extraction is necessary, Dr. Booker will go over the procedure with you in detail, talking about the exact procedures that will be used and how the process will work. If you need a simple extraction, he will provide you with local anesthetic to numb your mouth and use dental instruments to extract the tooth. If you are prone to fear or anxiety, Dr. Booker may offer you anti-anxiety medications or give you the option of more extensive sedation.
If the tooth that needs to be removed is not easily visible, Dr. Booker will probably opt for a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is generally done under conscious sedation, although some procedures may be performed under local anesthesia.
You may be given oral antibiotics to take after the extraction procedure. These antibiotics are designed to fight off infection and prevent complications, so be sure to take the entire course of medication even if you feel fine. You will also need a follow-up appointment to make sure your teeth and gums are healing properly. Be sure to keep that appointment and tell us about any problems you experience.
Having a tooth extracted is not a pleasant experience, but sometimes it is the best course of action. Whether your tooth is infected or damaged by decay, having it extracted can prevent further complications, and dental implants can restore your smile and make you look better than ever.