Tooth Extraction in Hershey PA
It's easy to take our teeth for granted until you face the prospect of losing one of them, so hearing the news that you need to have a tooth extracted can be devastating. But our dental team is here to help you through this process, and we can even discuss tooth replacement following your dental extraction.
In dentistry, extraction is always viewed as a last resort, unless the patient explicitly requests this option, of course.
If we find that tooth extraction in Hershey, PA is the most appropriate solution, Dr. Davis will take the time to talk to you about the need for the procedure and explore all your possible options. We'll do everything we can to make the process as easy as possible, with a minimum of stress and discomfort.
If you have a severely damaged tooth and think it may need an extraction, we encourage you to reach out to a team member today. We don't want you to develop a toothache or put your other teeth at risk for infection. The sooner we can assess the tooth for treatment or possible extraction, the better.
Read through the headings below to learn more about our tooth extraction process, including tips, recovery, and prevention.
- Reasons for Tooth Extractions in 17033
- Comfortable Dental Care in a Soothing Environment
- Post-Procedure Recovery
- Tooth Replacement in Hershey, PA
- Avoiding Future Tooth Loss
Reasons for Tooth Extraction in 17033
There are a number of situations where we may find it necessary to remove a tooth:
- Severe Advanced Decay – Your tooth is so damaged by decay or trauma that a simple dental filling or tooth crown will not be sufficient to protect and preserve it.
- Root Canal Infection – An infection is so advanced that it cannot resolve through traditional root canal treatment.
- In Preparation for Dentures – You're getting dentures and have one or more teeth that need removal, or your remaining teeth are not healthy enough to support a partial denture.
- Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment – You require orthodontic treatment, and one or more teeth need to be removed for the best results.
- Wisdom Teeth – Third molars are coming in at the back of your mouth and do not have sufficient space to erupt correctly.
Comfortable Dental Care in a Soothing Environment
If we find that tooth extraction is needed, you need to follow through with your appointment. But we're sensitive to the fact that your anxiety may be overwhelming.
At the office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we offer lots of stress-reducing amenities to help you relax. Settle back with a comfy pillow and blanket and watch TV or listen to your favorite music while we tend to your needs. A member of our team will also be with you to support and encourage you during the procedure.
If you're very anxious about your procedure, Dr. Davis can prescribe an oral sedative to take prior to your arrival at our office. If this is the case, please note that you will require a driver to get you safely to and from your appointment. And we encourage you not to make any life decisions on the day of treatment.
With our sedation dentistry in Hershey, PA, it is likely that you won't even remember your tooth extraction.
A simple extraction has a reasonably short recovery time—typically only a day or two of mild discomfort and swelling.
Before you leave our office, we'll give you a list of aftercare instructions to promote faster healing and a more comfortable recovery. We recommend that for the first couple of days after the extraction, you plan to eat a diet of soft foods, like soup or yogurt, that don't require chewing. Try not to drink through a straw for the first 24 hours because the sucking action increases your risk for bleeding and other complications. Also, avoid smoking during this same timeframe. It slows down healing and may slow clotting that's needed to protect the extraction site.
If you have any difficulties during your recovery—or any questions—we are always here to talk to you and offer advice. Our goal is to help you through the entire process from start to finish.
Tooth Replacement in Hershey, PA
A tooth extraction does not have to mean the end of your smile. We offer tooth replacement options to restore your teeth and promote improved oral health.
Tooth replacement following tooth loss is an important consideration. When a tooth is missing, it means jawbone deterioration, leading to a sunken facial appearance in the chin area. Missing teeth also encourage migration, meaning that your remaining teeth move toward these empty spaces over time. When this happens, it leaves you vulnerable to tooth wear and even further tooth loss down the line.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials take the place of missing teeth; dentures replace all missing teeth in an upper or lower arch; partials take over when the loss is intermittent.
Dentures mean replacement teeth on an arch that work through suction and the structure of your jawbone to stay in place.
Partials mean replacement teeth fitted on an appliance only where your teeth are missing. We use clips and adjacent teeth to support your partial.
Dental bridges are replacement teeth positioned between dental crowns. We crown the teeth on either side of your smile gap to secure your dental bridge and allow the replacement teeth to complete your smile.
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots surgically implanted in your jaw. A dental implant integrates with your jawbone to create a stable underpinning for your replacement tooth. If you wear a denture or are considering dentures, we can also secure your denture with four to six dental implants for added stability.
Avoiding Future Tooth Loss
It's crucial to brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day and never go to bed without cleaning your teeth. Leaving bacteria on your teeth can erode your enamel, which leads to decay and infections.
You should also see your Hershey dentist at least twice per year for dental exams and your hygienist for teeth cleanings. These services lower your risks for decay, infections, and gum disease, leading to tooth loss. A team member can also provide brushing and flossing tips if you are prone to cavities, and we offer dental sealants, which help seal decay-causing ingredients away from your teeth.
If you're athletic and compete in a sport involving a ball or rigorous physical action, we recommend wearing a mouthguard to prevent injury to your teeth and gums.
For patients who grind and clench their teeth, ask Dr. Davis about a custom nightguard. This custom appliance gently separates your upper and lower jaw, which prevents grinding and clenching during sleep. Grinding and clenching also called bruxism, promote decay, wear, and even tooth fractures.
Call Our Dental Team Today to Get the Help You Need
If you're concerned about the condition of your tooth or teeth, please call us to schedule an examination with your dentist in Hershey, PA.
We will be happy to arrange an emergency appointment if you're in pain as well, so please call our Hershey dental office so we can get you the relief you need.
Our dental team is proud to serve patients from Hershey, Hummelstown, Palmyra, Elizabethtown, Annville, Lebanon, and all surrounding and outlying areas.