Tooth Extraction & Oral Surgery
It can be difficult to hear that your dentist recommends removing a tooth. There's an emotional aspect to losing a part of yourself, and then you have to think about the procedure and what to do about tooth replacement.
We at North Idaho Dental Group completely understand and empathize with these feelings. If you need a tooth extraction or oral surgery, you couldn't be in more caring hands than with our amazing dental team.
At our dental offices in Ponderay and Coeur d'Alene, we are known for our genuinely caring approach to dental care and ability to help patients feel at ease. When it's time to talk about tooth replacements, we offer several options to fit your needs.
When Do You Recommend Tooth Extraction?
If our dentists recommend removing a tooth, the reason is that we've exhausted all treatment options to save it.
Some instances where tooth extraction is indicated are:
- Extensive decay has damaged a tooth beyond repair
- A badly infected tooth can't be saved with root canal treatment
- A tooth is broken off below the gumline, and we can't restore it
- One or more wisdom teeth cause crowding or are impacted (stuck) in the gums
- Advanced gum disease has loosened a tooth, and the only option is to remove it
Our dentists may also recommend removing some teeth for the best results when planning for orthodontic treatment, dental implants, or full denture placement.
If we recommend tooth extraction, we will explain why we believe it's in your best interest and be happy to answer all your questions.
Stress-Free, Pain-Free Oral Surgery
Whether we recommend simple extraction or oral surgery, our kind and supportive dental team goes above and beyond to ensure a comfortable, stress-free procedure. We also use strong local anesthetics to numb the tooth for a pain-free procedure.
NIDG also offers all levels of sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety or those who want to relax during their procedure. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation are ideal for mild to moderate dental anxiety, while IV sedation and general anesthesia work well for severe anxiety. Both are administered safely by a licensed dental anesthesiologist at our Coeur d'Alene and Ponderay dental offices.
Oral Surgery Procedures
We also offer other oral surgery procedures as needed for successful dental implant placement.
A patient who wants a dental implant must have sufficient dense bone in the jaw to support it. When this isn't the case, we use bone grafting to supplement existing bone and provide a healthy base for the implant. Our dentists can also perform bone grafting immediately after tooth extraction.
Sometimes, there isn't enough bone around the sinuses where we need to place the implant. In this case, our dentists would recommend a sinus lift or sinus augmentation that involves lifting the sinuses and adding bone grafting material to build up the area.
Bone grafting and sinus lift procedures require a healing period of several months, after which our dentists can plan and perform successful implant placement.
For patients who are having a tooth extraction and plan to get an implant, we recommend ridge preservation. This is a type of bone grafting procedure done at the time of extraction to preserve bone and ridge contour in preparation for implant placement in the future.
Don't Fear Tooth Extraction—We Can Help You!
Please don't be concerned if you were told you need a tooth extraction or oral surgery! We are here to help you and do whatever we can to make your procedure efficient, comfortable, and stress-free.
If you are concerned about a tooth or are in pain and think you might need an extraction, please call our Coeur d'Alene or Ponderay dental office. We'll take excellent care of you and get you on the road to recovery in no time.