The loss of a tooth isn’t something anyone expects or even wants to think about. After all, you take good care of your oral health, and the plan was for your teeth to last forever.
At the office of Zachary J. Holder, DDS, our goal is to save teeth whenever possible. However, decay or dental trauma can happen to anyone, and when it severely compromises your tooth beyond repair, extraction is often the best solution for relieving pain and eliminating infection.
Our professional team is very sensitive to the fact that you’re probably apprehensive about your procedure – almost everyone is! We’ll work together to support and encourage you throughout the procedure. You’ll find that our compassionate approach and genuine concern for your well-being will put you at ease and help you overcome your anxiety.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Severe decay and infection are two of the most common reason for extraction, but there are several other situations where tooth extraction may be necessary:
- Dental trauma — If your tooth has broken or fractured below the gum line, extraction may be necessary.
- Root canal infection — The infection cannot be eliminated with traditional root canal therapy.
- Alignment issues — If a tooth is not positioned properly, it can affect the alignment of surrounding teeth and may need to be extracted.
- Preparation for dentures — A patient who is receiving partial or complete dentures may need to have several or all teeth extracted.
- Removal of wisdom teeth - Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be removed if there is inadequate space for the teeth to fully erupt and they become impacted. In many of these partial impaction situations it becomes impossible to fully clean around these teeth, which is a constant source of inflammation and can sometimes become infected. Because it is so difficult to perform proper oral hygiene around impacted wisdom teeth, they often develop decay and, if wedged up against the second molars in front of them, they can even cause decay to develop on these adjacent teeth.
- Preparation for braces — Your child may need one or more teeth removed in preparation for orthodontics.
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We’ll Help Calm Your Anxiety
Many people get anxious at the thought of any type of dental treatment, so it’s no surprise that the thought of tooth extraction can be completely overwhelming. But you can be confident that you are in excellent hands with Dr. Holder, Dr. Kirkpatrick, who both have extensive experienced and hospital-based training in surgical tooth extractions and oral surgery procedures.
Are you embarrassed about your dental anxiety? Please don’t be – we’ve all been there at one point in our lives, so we know that your concerns are completely natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Dental technology and procedures have improved significantly in recent years, and tooth extraction may actually be a lot easier than you think. Combining updated technology with old-fashioned care and compassion allows us to perform the procedure efficiently and with as little stress and discomfort as possible.
If your anxiety is such that you can’t bring yourself to call and make an appointment, please know that we offer effective solutions. Sedation dentistry makes it possible to receive necessary dental care, while remaining calm and relaxed.
Please Call Our Office for an Appointment
If you suspect you have a tooth that may need to be extracted, please call our Baytown dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation so we can see what’s going on. If you’re in pain, please give us a call and we’ll see you the same day to get you the relief you need.