General Tooth Extractions
Safe, Comfortable, and Beneficial Tooth Removal
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but diseases or injuries could lead to a tooth falling out or needing to be removed. A tooth may need to be extracted for orthodontic reasons or due to dental overcrowding. If a tooth is severely damaged or infected, removing it can protect nearby teeth by preventing the infection from spreading. Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis will perform an oral examination to determine the right course of action for your smile.
Dr. Galea and Dr. Curtis, our board-certified surgeons at Northern Nevada Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, will try to save all of your natural teeth by any means necessary. If the tooth must be removed, we will walk you through the steps of your procedure and discuss your options for restoring the missing tooth. With any procedure, our office offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation options to choose from to maximize your comfort.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis will perform an oral examination during your first visit. At this appointment, our team will take detailed 3D images of your mouth to assess the location of your teeth, roots, and facial structure. We will discuss your anesthesia options and help you select the right choice for your anxiety needs and the extent of the procedure. Simple tooth extractions are often performed using only local anesthesia.
In some cases, we can perform the extraction on the same day as the consultation. Dr. Galea and Dr. Curtis will numb the gums and surrounding areas to prevent any discomfort. If the tooth is impacted or partially erupted through the gum tissue, Dr. Galea or Dr. Curtis may make a small incision in the gum to access the tooth.
Once the tooth is removed, we will provide you with post-operative instructions to follow, which instruct you on how to practice good oral hygiene and take care of your surgical site during recovery.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
Once a tooth is removed, there is nothing to stimulate the jaw bone in that area. This act of stimulation, which occurs during chewing, keeps the jaw healthy. Without stimulation, the bone will deteriorate over time. This can cause dental shifting or facial sagging, and can lead to more costly and extensive surgery down the road. Dr. Galea and Dr. Curtis offer many restorative treatments to regain a complete and healthy smile.
- Dental Implants. A dental implant can replace one or more missing teeth anywhere in the mouth. They have a titanium implant post that fuses to the jaw bone, creating a long-term foundation that will serve you and your smile for many years.
- Immediate Dental Implants. If you’ve just had a tooth extracted and have enough healthy jaw bone, Dr. Galea and Dr. Curtis can place an immediate dental implant on the same day as extraction. This allows you to regain the health benefits of having a complete smile while achieving natural-looking results.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Patients who have many missing or damaged teeth may be candidates for a completely new smile through full-arch restoration. This procedure uses dental implant posts to secure a fixed denture, fully restoring the look and function of your smile in one or both dental arches.
- Bone Grafting. If your jaw bone has atrophied, we can place a bone graft in the empty socket to promote the growth of new bone in that area. Then, once the graft has healed, we can place the dental implant post. Even if you are unsure about replacing the missing tooth in the future, you can still preserve the socket and your jaw bone by having a bone graft placed.
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