Dr. Sims may determine with you that one of your teeth needs to be extracted, which can occur for a variety of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), in preparation for orthodontic treatment, or teeth that have broken and cannot be repaired. A tooth may also be severely decayed or have advanced periodontal disease.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems involving your other teeth shifting, your ability to chew, and problems with your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, Dr. Sims will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.
During a tooth extraction, Dr. Sims will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums with a local anesthetic to numb the nerves and alleviate any pain. Dr. Sims will offer detailed post-operative instructions along with any necessary pain prescriptions.