Sometimes, either due to decay, infection, or trauma, a tooth can be damaged beyond repair. In this blog post, we talk about why you might need a tooth extraction. We also give patients hope that all is not lost after an extraction because a dental implant could restore their smile to full function!
When You Need a Tooth Extraction
If you have a tooth that’s severely damaged or decay, our Hickory Hills dentist, Dr. Ziliute, will determine whether it can be saved with root canal therapy or if it should be extracted to protect your oral health.
We favor conservative treatment and preserving the natural structure of your teeth whenever possible. However, every case is different, and some teeth are beyond saving. For this reason, if you notice abnormal changes in your teeth or gums, or experience mouth trauma, don’t delay scheduling an appointment at our office. Early detection and intervention usually means a more favorable and less expensive treatment plan!
Replacing Your Tooth with a Dental Implant
For teeth that must be removed, there are several natural-looking replacement options. One such option is a dental implant. A dental implant is a durable tooth replacement that has almost an identical look and feel to a real tooth. You’ll be able to chew and speak normally without worry. And filling the gaps left by missing teeth will maintain your facial structure and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting and disrupting the alignment of your smile.
Your Dental Exam with Dr. Ziliute
At your next checkup, Dr. Ziliute will conduct a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and oral health history. This may also include dental X-rays so she can see the inside of your teeth and the structure of your jaw. Based on this exam, she’ll go over her recommended course of action for your particular smile goals and health. You may only need to visit us again in six months for another checkup and cleaning. Or, our team might provide tips to improve your oral hygiene and other oral healthcare habits. But if Dr. Ziliute identifies a tooth that requires root canal therapy or extraction, she’ll let you know.
If you do need an extraction, we’ll talk about the process of getting a dental implant. Sometimes, a dental implant can be placed immediately after an extraction, but other times it’s better for the site to heal a bit before we start the implant process. This process involves surgically placing a biocompatible metal rod into your jawbone and topping it with a realistic-looking dental crown.
Your Trusted Dentist in Hickory Hills, IL
At Signature Dental Care, we strive to supply you with adequate resources and knowledge before you commit to any procedure, including an extraction and a dental implant. If we think you’d benefit from a tooth extraction, we’ll thoroughly explain why and provide all the information you need for successful recovery. And if you decide a dental implant is right for you to restore your smile, we’ll help you know exactly what to expect. So contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Hickory Hills, IL.