3 Signs That Might Mean It's Time to Extract That Troubled Tooth
No one wants to think about losing a tooth. Your dentist does everything they can to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you because they know the significant role that every healthy tooth plays. But even a professional who’s in the business of saving teeth knows that in some cases removing a tooth is the last best option left to protect your oral health.
3 Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are several cases where removing a tooth is the only option; here are three of the most common:
- Decay has so severely damaged the tooth that a crown or filling can’t save it.
- A root canal infection or abscess has compromised the tooth
- A tooth has fractured or broken off near or below the gum line
There’s no doubt that this can be an intense experience. But the good news is that we can approach tooth extraction in Lexington, KY in a way that helps you remain as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Relax with Comforting Nitrous Oxide
One way the team at Garden Springs Dental can help is by offering nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous is a gas that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small, comfortable mask. The effects of nitrous leave you feeling mildly euphoric and detached from the activity around you, and most patients have little or no memory of what happened during their appointment. Since there are no side effects, you will be able to leave our office and resume your usual activities.
Consider Your Tooth Replacement Options
If possible, it’s always a good idea to plan for tooth replacement as soon as possible after extraction. We are pleased to offer several options like bridges, dentures, and dental implants and will be happy to see which is most appropriate for you.
Please Call for a Consultation in Lexington
If you have a tooth that has been causing problems and you aren’t sure where to turn, please call Garden Springs Dental. Dr. Chris Davis will meet with you to evaluate your situation and help you decide if extraction is the best option for you.