Dr. LT Johnson at Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is a specialist in tooth removal. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained to perform general extraction procedures quickly and easily to minimize recovery time. Whether you have an extra tooth, a damaged tooth, or a baby tooth that refuses to fall out, Dr. Johnson has an extraction solution for you.
Why does my tooth need to be extracted?
When teeth become damaged by decay or break down due to trauma or wear, they can typically be restored with a filling, root canal, or crown. When the damage is too great, your dentist may decide that the best course of action is to have the tooth removed. If this is the case, your dentist will develop a plan for extraction, taking into consideration your age, health, and the overall condition of your mouth. Most tooth extractions can be performed in one surgical visit.
Some common reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted are
Infection and Decay. If a tooth is decaying, it is important to have it treated in the early stages when it can be repaired with a dental filling. If left untreated, decay continues to spread and affect the integrity of your tooth, which may now require root canal therapy, a crown, or extraction.
Loose Teeth. Many patients are affected by periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease may cause teeth to shift, become loose, or lead to serious infection and require removal.
Crowding. There are times when seemingly healthy teeth need to be removed. When a young patient retains their deciduous (baby) teeth for too long, the dentist may recommend they be removed to aid the eruption of permanent teeth. Occasionally we are born with too many teeth, or our mouth is too small for all the teeth we have. In these instances, your orthodontist or general dentist may recommend that a tooth is removed.
Trauma: Teeth may be fractured or broken due to an accident. If there isn’t enough structure remaining for a filling or crown, your dentist may recommend that the rest of the tooth be removed.
During your consultation, our doctor will also discuss your options for replacing the missing teeth. In some cases, it is possible to place a dental implant at the same time the tooth is extracted.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Johnson. The team at Houston Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center will ensure that you receive prompt treatment and an optimal surgical outcome.
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