The main goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible. There are times, however, when it is in your best interest (or your child’s) to have a tooth extracted. This could be the case for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay; or an impacted wisdom tooth that may cause trouble for you later on.
Whether we’re removing one problem tooth, a set of wisdom teeth, or all teeth in preparation for dentures, we strive to give you the best experience possible. Tooth extraction is usually carried out with local anesthesia, which will numb the teeth to be removed, and the surrounding bone and gum tissues. Additional sedatives might also be used, including oral sedatives, nitrous oxide and/or conscious sedation.
If you’re planning on replacing the tooth, we can sometimes replace it with a dental implant at the same time of extraction. This is known as an immediate implant.
I went in to Apex terrified because of a previous experience with a tooth extraction somewhere else. The hygienist Jenny calmed my nerves and did my cleaning with no pain. I went back the next day, still filled with a lot of anxiety, for a tooth extraction, root canal, and another cavity filling. Jenny found me and did my anesthesia. Then Dr. Brad Richtsmeier did all of the work I needed to have done. I had no pain whatsoever and did not even need extra novacaine given during the procedure like I normally do. I was so impressed and happy. I will never miss another 6 month cleaning or go to another dentist.
-Heather A. Des Moines, IA