The primary goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth. There may be a time when a tooth may no longer be viable, whether due to trauma, decay, or dental neglect. In these situations, the best approach is often to have the tooth extracted and replace it with an implant or prosthesis.
Tooth extraction is a very safe and commonplace oral procedure that we frequently perform here at North Iowa Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center. With each tooth extraction, we prioritize patient comfort and wellbeing. And we are always happy to talk about options for replacing the tooth once it has been removed. We welcome you to learn more about tooth extraction procedures in Mason City, IA.
When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extractions are recommended for teeth that can no longer be salvaged or preserved. Some common reasons for seeking a tooth extraction include:
- The tooth has become badly broken, often from a traumatic accident.
- The tooth has become degraded due to untreated periodontal disease.
- The tooth has developed an abscess, resulting in significant pain.
- The tooth is impacted, only partially erupting through the gum tissue.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, it may be time to talk with an oral surgeon about having the tooth extracted.
A Walkthrough of Our Process
What is it like to have your tooth extracted? The process always begins with a consultation. During this initial consultation, you will have an opportunity to meet your doctor, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the procedure and the recovery.
Additionally, your doctor will discuss sedation options with you. Patient comfort and safety are among our highest priorities, and we are happy to provide local anesthesia, IV sedation, and/or nitrous gas as needed. We will recommend a sedation option based on the nature of the procedure, your medical history, and your anxiety level.
Most tooth extractions are very quick, sometimes taking just a few minutes. Once your tooth extraction procedure is complete, you will be provided with aftercare instructions, helping you ensure a safe and expedient recovery. While it is normal to experience some discomfort following the extraction of the tooth, most patients can alleviate the pain using just over-the-counter pain remedies, such as ibuprofen.
Tooth extraction can sometimes be necessary to avoid further dental problems and ensure good overall oral health. Following the safe and clean removal of a tooth, you will be ready to explore dental implants or other options for tooth replacement.
To schedule a tooth extraction consultation in Mason City, IA, contact our practice at (641) 424-1656.