We have two sets of teeth, our baby teeth and our adult teeth, and our adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime. With regular dental hygiene and check-ups, we can work with you to catch issues early so that together we can make that happen. We believe that the best smile, is the one that you are born with 🙂
However, sometimes, one or more of those teeth have to come out, in a procedure known as an extraction.
At Care Dental you are always in the driver’s seat in terms of your Care! Here are some common reasons why we may recommend to you an extraction to you.
- A tooth that can’t be repaired due to severe tooth decay. This happens when the tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth, or the pulp. The bacteria produced by this decay can then invade the pulp and cause an infection. An alternate treatment to tooth extraction could be root canal therapy, or RCT, however clinical circumstances, patient preferences, the state of overall oral health and treatment plan, or severe infection may necessitate the extraction.
2. As a solution for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is disease or infection affecting the gums and other structures surrounding the teeth. It is caused when the bacteria found in plaque infect this tissue (so don’t forget to brush). In some instances of the disease, the tooth becomes loose, and tooth must be extracted
3. To assist with an impacted tooth. A tooth is determined to be impacted when it is blocked from coming out of the gums. This is most commonly seen in wisdom teeth. Your dentist may recommend the extraction of this tooth to keep it from damaging other teeth, to prevent overcrowding or to reduce the chance of infection.
4. To eliminate overcrowding of teeth. Sometimes when a patient is undergoing an orthodontic treatment the extraction of one or several teeth is necessary to eliminate overcrowding in the mouth.
5. An accident. Lets just say that we didn’t first hear about rental scooters in the news, we learned about them after a series of accidents. Everyday unfortunately patients present in the practice with a broken or cracked tooth due to an accident. In some cases we can repair the original tooth, but in others it must be extracted to prevent infection and to prepare for a pontic or artificial tooth to be inserted.
6. In preparation for full dentures. We work with our partner denturists and their patients to perform extractions of this sort, referred to as “clearances”.
Are you nervous about your extractions? We totally understand, this is not uncommon and have a variety of solutions to ease your dental anxiety, from our calm and #spa-inspired facility and team to several types of sedation.
And there’s some good news! There are many ways to replace that missing tooth, crowns, bridges, partial dentures, implants and more! Your Care Dental team are experts in getting your smile back and sparkly.
Inconvenient things never happen at convenient times! That’s why we are open late and 7-days a week and available to you for emergency visits, whether you are a Care Dental patient or not. Did you know that Care Dental is the referral dentist at both Kelowna and Penticton General Hospital Emergency Room Central Triage desk? That’s right, our emergency services are so consistent that when you present at the ER, in most cases you will be referred to us. We maintain a 24/7 emergency line, including holidays for this purpose. And, no call-out or specialist fees!
Please call us at 778-484-2256 or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or to make a booking. We always look forward to seeing you. Care Dental, the dentist that we hope you’ll look forward to safely visiting.
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