In your quest for excellent dental health, preservation is the key. Regular cleanings preserve your teeth and gums; restorative treatment preserves the health and integrity of your smile; and cosmetic treatment preserves its natural beauty. In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary to preserve the health of the rest of your smile, such as when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted or one of your other teeth becomes severely infected or damaged. If you do need to have a tooth extracted, then Dr. Olson will also discuss your options for replacing it afterward (with the exception of impacted wisdom teeth).
When to Schedule an Appointment
When tooth extraction becomes necessary, time is of the essence even more so than usual and you should schedule the procedure as soon as possible. For instance, an impacted wisdom tooth will continue trying to erupt, causing increasingly more discomfort. Extreme tooth infection can spread beyond the tooth and lead to a multitude of oral health complications. Because the loss of the tooth can still affect the harmony and balance of your bite, Dr. Olson may recommend replacing it with a dental implant and crown soon after tooth extraction.
To make tooth replacement easier, Dr. Olson can perform ridge preservation by grafting bone onto the extraction site of your jawbone.