Navigating the complexities of oral health can be daunting, but at East Carolina Implants and Periodontics, we aim to simplify the journey for you. Whether you’re in need of tooth extraction, dental implant removal, or tooth exposure, we bring state-of-the-art technology, exceptional skills, and a compassionate approach to deliver quality, patient-focused care.
Below, we delve into these important procedures that help restore your oral health and ensure your best smile is always within reach. Please review the following information to learn more, and contact our Greenville, NC office if you have any questions.
What Is Tooth Extraction?
While no one wants to hear that their tooth needs to be extracted, there are times when it is the best option for restoring your oral health. Tooth extraction, also known as exodontia, is a procedure in which the tooth is removed from its socket in the bone. This is usually done when the tooth has been severely damaged by decay, infection, or trauma and cannot be restored.
Our experts are well-versed in both simple extractions (for visible teeth) and surgical extractions (for teeth that are broken off at the gum line or have not yet erupted).
Reasons A Tooth May Require Extraction
There are a variety of reasons why a tooth might need extraction. The most common reasons are:
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced gum (periodontal) disease
- Trauma to the tooth or mouth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Orthodontic treatment (such as braces)
- Preparation for denture placement
Surgical Tooth Extraction & Ridge Preservation
Surgical tooth extraction involves removing a tooth that is not easily accessible. This could be due to it not being fully erupted or being broken under the gum line.
To ensure a smooth transition for future dental implant placement, we often employ ridge preservation procedures. This technique minimizes bone loss post-extraction, thereby providing a solid foundation for implant placement in the future.
Dental Implant Removal
Dental implant removal is necessary when an implant fails, which can occur due to infection, poor placement, or the body’s rejection of the implant. Our experienced team at East Carolina Implants and Periodontics ensures that implant removal is conducted safely and effectively, reducing discomfort and paving the way for potential replacement in the future.
What Is Tooth Exposure?
Tooth exposure is a procedure typically performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist to aid in the eruption of a tooth that is impacted or not coming in naturally. It involves uncovering the tooth from the gum and attaching a tiny bracket to it, which will allow an orthodontist to guide it into its correct position over time.
What Causes Tooth Impaction?
Tooth impaction occurs when a tooth fails to erupt or only partially erupts through the gums. This is most commonly seen with wisdom teeth or canines. Factors leading to impaction include lack of space, improper positioning of the tooth, and dense, soft tissue or bone obstructing the tooth’s natural eruption path.
Exposure Of Canine & Impacted Teeth
Sometimes, canines (the ‘fang’ teeth) can become impacted. Impacted canines can cause a multitude of issues, including infection, cyst formation, and displacement of nearby teeth. Our skilled team can gently expose the impacted tooth and guide it into place, preventing potential complications and ensuring optimal oral health.
Excellence In Tooth Extraction & Exposure
From providing a comfortable, relaxing environment to using the latest in dental technology, East Carolina Implants and Periodontics is your trusted partner in maintaining and restoring oral health. Our experienced team works tirelessly to ensure you feel confident in your treatment plan and comfortable throughout every step of your journey. We invite you to experience the peace of mind that comes with trusting your smile to professionals who genuinely care about your oral health. Take the first step toward a happier, healthier smile today – contact us to schedule your consultation.