As dentists, our job is to preserve and maintain your teeth so they provide years of comfortable use. So the decision to remove a tooth is not one we ever take lightly.
If Dr. Brian Cook recommends tooth extraction at our Huntsville dental office, rest assured that it's the only option left to preserve your oral health. If this ever becomes the case, we will tell you and show you why we recommend extraction and how it will benefit you.
The Goal of Tooth Extraction
It’s essential to preserve the structure of your tooth for as long as possible. Services like tooth fillings and dental crowns are of value because they protect a decayed or broken tooth. But if damage to a tooth becomes too extensive for either of these to work, Dr. Cook would likely recommend removing it.
There are several circumstances where we may recommend tooth extraction:
- A decayed or damaged tooth is too compromised to be restored with a filling or crown
- Advanced gum disease has loosened teeth, and we need to remove them
- You’re getting dentures, and we need to remove one or more teeth for the best results
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or are crowding other teeth
- Your child is getting braces, and extracting some teeth will improve the process
Our dental care team wants you to feel informed every time you make a decision about your dental care. Dr. Cook uses technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras that help you visualize what the problem is and understand the need for treatment.
Do You Need Help Relaxing?
Dr. Cook has a reputation for being a kind and gentle dentist in Huntsville, so most of our patients don’t need any help to relax. Your mouth will be numb for the procedure, so you don’t have to worry about any pain.
But everyone’s different, and if you do require a little more relaxation, we offer safe, mild nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide helps you relax just for the duration of your procedure. There are no lingering drowsy after effects, and you’ll leave our office refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day.
Your comfort is our priority, so if there’s ever anything we can do to eliminate your anxiety, please let us know.
The recovery time for tooth extraction is relatively short, usually just a day or two. After your procedure, our dental care team will give you a list of post-procedure care instructions that will help prevent complications and promote faster healing.
Your body needs time to rest and heal, so plan on taking the rest of the day off. Stock up on soft foods like soup and yogurt, so you don’t have to chew. Don’t smoke or drink through a straw because the sucking action can dislodge the protective clot that’s forming over the site.
Call to Get the Dental Care You Need
Do you think you may need to have a tooth extraction? Please call our Huntsville, AL dental office to speak to a member of our dental care team.