If you think you need a tooth extraction, contact our Washington D.C. dental office for a consultation with Dr. Andrew Cobb. He will evaluate your condition and make recommendations for a full treatment plan.
The ideal situation is to restore natural teeth to optimal health and function, however, there are situations where a tooth extraction may be the best choice. When you have a tooth extracted, it is important that you also consider the replacement options for the missing tooth. Once a tooth is lost, the supporting bone will deteriorate. Remaining teeth can shift and move and the gums will be more exposed to bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease. Replacing the missing tooth or teeth can prevent these problems and help you maintain optimal dental health.
Dr. Cobb offers a full range of replacement options for missing teeth after an extraction including dental implants, bridges and dentures.
Dr. Cobb offers a full range of replacement options for missing teeth after an extraction including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. The benefits of dental implants compared to other options are extensive. If you would like to make an appointment in our Washington, DC dental office, please contact Dr. Andrew Cobb.
Teeth may need to be extracted for a number of different reasons. Some patients may need to have teeth extracted due to:
- Decaying teeth
- Trauma to the teeth or enamel of the tooth
- Teeth overcrowding
- Wisdom teeth need to be pulled
The Tooth Extraction Process
Most people believe tooth extractions are extremely painful. However, we take the necessary steps to ensure patients are relaxed and comfortable during their procedure. We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to help minimize any pain or discomfort patient might feel.
Dr. Cobb begins the tooth extraction by giving patients a local anesthetic to numb the procedure site. If necessary, patients will receive the chosen form of sedation to help make their procedure more comfortable. Dr. Cobb will then gently remove excess tissue, creating an easier path for the tooth to be removed. Once the excess tissue is removed, Dr. Cobb will extract the chosen tooth or teeth.
Once the tooth is removed, gauze will be placed in the mouth to stop any bleeding. If necessary, dissolvable stitches will be applied to stop the bleeding.
Alternatives to Tooth Extractions
One of the most important aspects of modern dentistry is restoring and maintaining a patient’s dental health because of the role it plays in both overall physical well being and daily quality of life.
Dr. Andrew Cobb emphasizes the importance of keeping your smile healthy, and reducing the risks of decay and gum disease. We provide restorative dental treatments to save damaged teeth from being extracted. Saving a damaged or missing tooth is necessary for a functional and comfortable smile, and to prevent the development of more complex dental problems down the road.
Restorative treatment options to save your tooth can include:
Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can become further damaged or lost without treatment and may make it difficult to eat and speak normally. Dr. Cobb can discuss the best options for restoring your smile, and ensuring lasting dental health.