At Platte Canyon Dental, we understand that no patient wants to hear they need a tooth extraction. Once a tooth is lost, it is lost forever and knowing this stirs up all sorts of feelings. You may feel sad or embarrassed and wonder how the process will go and what options you have to replace the missing tooth.
If Dr. Christina Linn recommends tooth extraction at our Littleton dental office, you can rest assured that your care is in the best possible hands. She will help you understand why she recommends the procedure and how it will benefit your long-term oral health. Using digital x-rays and intraoral images of your mouth, Dr. Linn will show you the problem so you can see it for yourself.
Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction
Our goal is to provide the services you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy and preserve healthy tooth structure for as long as possible. Even so, there are times when we have exhausted all possible treatment options, and we must recommend removing a tooth.
- A severely decayed tooth can’t be saved with a filling or dental crown.
- A tooth infection is too advanced to be saved with a root canal.
- A tooth has broken or fractured below the gum line.
Not all tooth extractions are a last resort, however. Other situations where Dr. Linn would recommend extraction are to:
- Remove teeth to prepare for placement of full or partial dentures
- Remove wisdom teeth before they cause problems like cavities and gum disease
- Remove teeth as needed to prepare for orthodontic treatment
Gentle Tooth Extractions in Littleton
In the hands of a kind, experienced dentist like Dr. Linn, tooth extraction is not a stressful or complicated procedure. With powerful, long-lasting anesthetics to numb your mouth, you will feel some pressure, but you will not feel any pain at all.
Dental anxiety often goes hand in hand with a procedure like tooth extraction, so we offer sedation dentistry at our Littleton dental office to minimize your stress. We offer gentle nitrous oxide or laughing gas that helps you relax for the duration of the procedure but has no drowsy after-effects.
If you have deeper anxiety, oral sedation is another option where we prescribe a sedative for you to take an hour before your procedure, and you will arrive for your appointment feeling calm and relaxed. You sill feel very drowsy during your procedure, and you will not remember much of what happened afterward. Since the sedative takes several hours to leave your system, however, you will need a driver to get you safely to and from your appointment.
Put Your Tooth Extraction Fears to Rest
Having a tooth removed is a big deal, and we understand that. But having a friendly team of people around you whose sole focus is you and your comfort ensures that you will have the most stress-free experience possible.
Call Platte Canyon Dental today so we can discuss your procedure and provide the important care you need.