Tooth damage or decay can occur for a variety of reasons, including facial trauma, poor oral hygiene habits, or even a high-sugar diet. A general dentist can sometimes repair damaged or decaying teeth through fillings, root canals, or crowns. In other cases, the damage is too great to repair the tooth, and tooth extraction is the only option.
Dr. Gregory McGee and Dr. Drew Steel understand that the decision to remove a tooth is a sensitive one, and we work hard to explore every option before recommending removal. If you need a tooth extraction in Albuquerque, NM, our team is highly trained and experienced in the procedure and can provide a variety of restorative options, such as dental implants, to safeguard your oral health. At Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we will present with you all of your options for tooth replacement, so you never need to go without a functioning mouth and smile.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
While we consider all options before recommending tooth extraction, sometimes it is the best course of treatment to maintain the overall health of the mouth. A few conditions require tooth extraction:
- Tooth decay can lead to infections that can spread to other parts of the mouth when caught late. An oral surgeon may need to remove the affected teeth before other oral complications arise.
- Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that affects bone beneath your gums, eventually leading to tooth loosening. Once a tooth becomes too loose, removal is required.
- Dental crowding is a common reason for tooth extraction. Teeth that are growing into a smaller-than-average jaw or extra teeth that are growing in may cause crowding. Extraction may be needed if braces or other orthodontic work can’t make space for all the teeth.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
When removing a tooth, Drs. McGee and Steel use local anesthesia to prevent pain or discomfort during the surgery. Patients requiring the removal of multiple teeth or those with a complicated medical history may require IV sedation to complete the treatment. Oral surgeons retain the highest level of certification to perform in-office anesthesia, are highly trained to monitor their patients during surgery, and understand how to react in emergency situations. During your consultation, we can discuss your anesthesia options before deciding on a treatment plan.
After your consultation, you will return for your surgical procedure. Your doctor will administer your chosen anesthesia and extract the tooth or teeth in question. If the tooth is exceptionally large or difficult to remove, your surgeon may remove the tooth in small sections. For teeth that are trapped beneath the gums or broken around the gum line, a surgical extraction will be necessary. For a surgical removal, some of the gum and bone tissue around the tooth may need to be moved or removed. After removing the tooth, your surgeon will ensure that there are no signs of infection before suturing the surgical site.
Restoring the missing tooth or teeth following treatment is essential to the overall health of the mouth. Missing teeth for an extended period can result in jaw bone loss and the shifting of otherwise healthy teeth. During the initial consultation, we will present all the options for tooth replacement. It is our goal to provide our patients with all the necessary information to make a confident and informed decision about the future of their oral health.
Tooth Extractions at Rio Grande Oral Surgery
Our team understands many patients are nervous about having a tooth removed, but we can help you find the best option for replacing or extracting your teeth. Whether you are interested in dental implants, dentures, or other options, Dr. McGee and Dr. Steel will work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your needs. We encourage you to browse the information on the site to learn about our treatment plans or contact our office form more information.