There are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. If you are experiencing teeth crowding, an abscessed tooth, or the sudden onset of pain, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted. J. Eric Herrington, D.M.D., P.L.L.C., performs this outpatient procedure in Meridian, MS. Once your tooth extraction is complete, you may be a good candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Herrington has advanced training in surgical placement of dental implants, and can answer any questions regarding tooth extraction and restorative treatments to replace your extracted tooth.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction relieves teeth crowding and eliminates pain and infection, while paving the way for orthodontic or restorative treatments. Patients who undergo tooth extraction can benefit from:
- Improved oral health: A tooth often requires extraction when an abscess, advanced infection, or decay occurs. These issues can compromise the health of surrounding teeth and gum tissue. Removing a decaying tooth can prevent further damage to your smile.
- Candidacy for orthodontic treatments: The removal of an impacted or infected tooth can restore candidacy for traditional braces or Invisalign®. Teeth crowding is a common dental problem that complicates orthodontic procedures.
- Relief from pain: One early sign that a tooth may need to be extracted is pain. When a cavity reaches the sensitive bundle of nerves and veins in the tooth’s pulp, the infection will spread quickly. Most patients experience immediate relief once the compromised tooth is removed.
- Candidacy for restorative treatments: Once your jawbone and gum tissue have healed, you can gain candidacy for restorative treatments to replace your lost tooth. Dr. Herrington offers dental implants and All-on-4® implant options.