No one looks forward to losing their teeth, but sometimes it is the best option to maintain the health of your smile. Extractions are never the first option of your dentist, but in certain situations, the preservation of your oral health may be dependent on it. This is why Dr. Jon Kirlough offers tooth extractions in Middleburg Heights to say goodbye to trouble teeth before you end up with more serious issues. To learn more about tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
We always do everything we can to save a patient’s tooth, when possible, but sometimes this isn’t a viable option. Here are some of the situations where a tooth extraction can help to improve your oral health and function:
In the end, extracting a tooth that is problematic, you may be able to avoid future infections or other oral health issues.
Teeth are generally removed by either pulling or extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, the area is numbed around the tooth and a clasping tool is used to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gums. When pulling isn’t a possibility, the tooth will need to be surgically removed. For this procedure, a small incision needs to be made in your gums to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth and completely remove it.
To determine which extraction method is ideal for you, schedule a consultation with us. This way, Dr. Kirlough will be able to fully evaluate your situation. During this process, tooth replacement options can also be discussed if necessary for you. In many cases, tooth loss can cause future oral health issues if the teeth are not replaced in a timely manner.
Before you go home to rest after your extraction, we will provide you with an aftercare plan to optimize healing and keep you comfortable. Every case is different, but here are some steps that we will generally recommended for a smooth recovery: