Tooth Extraction in Eagle River
At Alpine Family Dentistry, we try to save your natural teeth whenever possible. However, there are times when your natural tooth may be unrestorable. If we can’t give your tooth any reasonable life expectancy, or if the cost of saving the tooth outweighs the benefits, Dr. Brett Kocherhans may recommend a tooth extraction.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are a variety of situations where tooth extraction may be recommended. A few examples include:
- Trauma to the tooth that can’t be repaired
- Advanced periodontal disease that has affected the tooth
- Severe decay or damage
Whether you have one of the above issues or another dental problem, Dr. Brett will thoroughly evaluate your tooth before recommending an extraction.
The Tooth Extraction Process
If you're considering tooth extraction, Dr. Brett will discuss the procedure with you beforehand to make sure you are comfortable.
Whether you are having a simple extraction or a surgical extraction, you will be numbed for your comfort. We will do everything possible in our office to make you feel safe and supported during the procedure. For patients who feel anxious about the procedure, we offer nitrous oxide in our dental office to make the experience easier.
If you are nervous about having your tooth removed, please let Dr. Brett and your dental team know so that we can address your concerns and help ease your discomfort or anxieties.
Tooth extraction is usually easy and fast, and you will leave our office without a tooth that was likely causing you pain or harming your oral health.
After the Extraction Procedure
Once the procedure is done, you will be sent home with instructions on caring for the affected area of your gums. Recovery is generally a quick and smooth process, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact our dental office for assistance.
Dr. Brett will explain your tooth replacement options, and he may recommend a specific tooth replacement option based on your dental needs. Common tooth replacements after a tooth extraction include a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants.
In most cases, it is important to pursue some form of tooth replacement after tooth extraction. Your mouth and jaw are designed to work with a full set of teeth. Missing teeth can affect your bite and your ability to chew food. Gaps in your smile can also cause your remaining teeth to shift, leading to bite misalignment.
If you leave missing teeth without replacement for too long, you can even lose bone mass in your jaw, making tooth replacement harder when you decide to pursue a tooth replacement option.
Tooth Extraction in Eagle River, AK
If you need a tooth removed, Dr. Brett is here to help you. Dr. Brett and his dental team are empathetic and understanding, and they can make you comfortable for the procedure in our welcoming, log cabin dental office. We make your visit as pleasant as possible.
We want you to feel at home at Alpine Family Dentistry, and we want to help you with all your dental needs!