It is important that you practice good oral hygiene, since the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your oral health and appearance. At our practice, we will do our best to prevent tooth loss, but there are still some occasions where a tooth may need to be removed. In this situation, Dr. Mark Osenieks will make sure you understand all of the risks and benefits associated with removing a tooth so you can make the most informed decision. We may need to extract a tooth for the following reasons:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infected or abscessed teeth
- Orthodontic correction
- Teeth that are improperly positioned.
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
Before a tooth is removed, our dentist will take an X-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialized oral surgeon. While a tooth extraction in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is often thought of as a painful procedure, our dentist will take all the necessary steps to lessen the pain and discomfort. For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic. The tooth will then be loosened and removed. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches. Our team will also provide you with care instructions to alleviate discomfort and ensure proper healing.
If you think your smile might be benefit from a tooth extraction, call our office at (616) 453-0002 today and speak with a member of our team.