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3 Signs That Might Mean It's Time to Extract That Troubled Tooth

March 13, 2019
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
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No one wants to hear that they need to have a tooth removed. If your dentist recommends tooth extraction in Summerville, SC, you can be sure that they have exhausted every possible option to save the tooth. 

However, even a dental professional whose job is to save teeth understands that sometimes removing a tooth is the only course of action left to protect your overall oral health.

3 Reasons Your Dentist Recommends Extraction

Your dentist doesn’t take the removal of a tooth lightly, but there are several instances where extraction is the best option:

  • Severe decay has damaged a tooth to the extent that it can’t be saved
  • A root canal infection is so severe that treatment won’t resolve it 
  • A tooth has fractured or broken off near or below the gum line 

Having a tooth removed is an intense experience, and your dentist knows that. The good news is that today dentists can personalize your treatment so that you are as comfortable as possible during the process. 

Sedation Improves Your Comfort

One way your dental team can help you is by offering comforting oral sedation. Your dentist will prescribe a sedative for you to take about an hour before your appointment. By giving the medication time to work, you will arrive at your dentist’s office feeling calm and relaxed. 

You will receive a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. A simple tooth extraction takes between 20 to 40 minutes, and the sedative will keep you comfortable throughout. Since the medication stays in your system for several hours, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. 

Please Call Us to Schedule a Consultation

Do you have a problematic tooth and aren’t sure what you should do next? Please call Azalea Dental to arrange an appointment with Dr. Thomas Riley. We also perform emergency tooth extractions in Summerville, SC, so you can count on our team to be here when you need us. 

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