Tooth Removal Treatment in Erie, PA

Sleep Dentistry Erie is experienced in performing tooth removal procedures for kids, teens, and adults. Tooth removal is necessary in some cases where your tooth can no longer be saved. The process of removing teeth is rather simple, painless and short when using today's modern technologies.

Tooth Removal - Sleep Dentistry in Erie, PA

Reasons to Remove Teeth

  • Infection
  • Damage from injury
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Crowded mouth

Removing an infected tooth is vitally important in keeping your overall dental hygiene up to par. We also offer dental anesthesia for adults and kids who have a fear of dentists or pain. Whether you have a tooth with a cavity or painful wisdom teeth that need to be removed, the dentists at Sleep Dentistry Erie will surely provide the oral care you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is a tooth beyond saving?

When a tooth is severely damaged or decayed such that it can’t be repaired through a restoration or a root canal, it is likely beyond saving. Tooth extraction (exodontia) may also be performed as a preventative measure due to overcrowding or misalignment because these issues can contribute to damage and decay later. There may be cosmetic considerations as well.

How is a tooth extraction performed?

There are two ways a tooth extraction can be performed: simply or surgically. A simple tooth removal is usually over in a matter of minutes and requires only a local anesthetic to numb the extraction area and forceps to wiggle the tooth back and forth until it’s dislodged from the bone socket. It can only be performed when there is sufficient tooth structure remaining above the gumline.

When there is tooth damage or fragmentation below the gumline, you’ll be scheduled for a surgical removal. A surgical tooth extraction sometimes requires cutting into gums or the jawbone to access the tooth, where it is removed either whole or in sections. The patient is either under sedation or general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.

How are missing teeth replaced?

Missing teeth are replaced with dental bridges or dental implants. Dental bridges are a combination of abutments (supports mounted on existing teeth) and pontics (prosthetic teeth that “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth). Dental implants are anchored directly into the jawbone via titanium screws (the roots), closely mimicking natural teeth. They cost more and require more time to install than bridges, but tend to be a better long-term investment for adult non-smokers in good overall health.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth (third molars) removed depends on a few things:

  • Is there room in my mouth to accommodate them?
  • Have they fully erupted from (poked through) the gumline?
  • Are they growing in at an angle that will not impact neighboring teeth (i.e. crooked or sideways)?

After dental X-rays, many adolescents and young adults will answer “no” to at least one of these questions.

Can a knocked out tooth be reinserted?

With a quick reaction, a knocked-out tooth can be reinserted in the event of physical trauma or other dental emergencies. The American Association of Endodontists advises picking up the tooth by the crown (chewing surface end), gently rinsing under water, and reinserting into the socket (or as close as you can) and holding it in place until you can get to a dentist or endodontist’s office, preferably within 30 minutes. It is essential to keep it moist (in milk or your own mouth with your own saliva) in the meantime. If the tooth has splintered or cracked awkwardly, it may be necessary to either fully extract the remnants or perform a dental restoration.

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