Daily oral hygiene practices and regular visits to your dentist for general dentistry are front-line defenses against tooth decay and other dental issues. Even with meticulous care, it is still possible to end up losing a tooth to extraction. Oral hygiene is not the only player when it comes to dental health. Genetics, medications, personal habits, and trauma to the mouth all have a role in whether a tooth will be lost at some point in your life.
It is always best to save a tooth if at all possible; however, not every situation lends itself to salvaging a damaged tooth. When that is the case, Southern Dental provides you with a serene, relaxing atmosphere in which your tooth can be extracted comfortably. Even though most extractions are very routine procedures, undergoing one can cause feelings of apprehension. Sedation is available for our patients who need a little extra help with relaxing.
Many extractions are simple, requiring only a few minutes to complete. When a tooth has three or four roots, as in the case of molars, the procedure can be a little more time-consuming and require more effort. The condition of the tooth also factors into the ease of extraction. Digital X-rays give the dentist an idea of how involved the process may be. A tooth that is broken off at the gum line or weak with decay may take more time to remove.