Your teeth are meant to last you for the rest of your life, and at Weber Family Dentistry we do everything we can to let you keep all of your pearly whites. Unfortunately, there will be times where teeth can’t be saved and tooth extractions in Lincoln are the only option. If you think one of your teeth has been damaged beyond repair, contact our practice immediately. We’ll help you determine whether an extraction is truly necessary or if the tooth can still be saved with a different restorative treatment.
If you have a cavity, it can usually be repaired with a filling or even a crown. If too much of the tooth’s structure has been destroyed, though, it won’t be able to support the restoration and will need to be removed. Advanced decay is often accompanied by a severe toothache or extreme sensitivity to temperature.
You might also need to say good-bye to a tooth if:
Remember that extraction is a last resort in each of these cases; we’ll only move forward with the procedure after discussing all of the other options.
You can get a simple extraction or a surgical extraction depending on your situation. If a fully erupted tooth that’s still in one piece needs to come out, we’ll perform a simple extraction. After numbing the area around the tooth, we’ll use forceps to gently remove it.
For wisdom teeth, unerupted teeth or broken teeth, surgery is usually required. We’ll use an appropriate form of sedation to keep you comfortable. Usually a small incision is made in the gums. We might also need to break a tooth into pieces for a safe surgical extraction.
After the procedure, we’ll give you aftercare instructions so that the healing proceeds as smoothly as possible. In general, you can use medication and ice packs to deal with any swelling or discomfort. You should also limit physical activity and only eat soft foods for a few days.
Even though an extraction is sometimes necessary, losing a tooth can still have long-term consequences if you don’t do anything about the empty space. You can get dental bridges or dentures, but these don’t replace the roots of the teeth. If you want your smile to stay as strong and healthy as possible, dental implants are usually the best solution; they’ll prevent bone loss in your jaw and provide the best stability for prosthetic teeth. After an extraction is done, we’ll help you choose a method of replacement that will grant you a full and beautiful grin for years to come.