Prior to the design and placement of replacement teeth – such as dental implants, bridgework, or dentures – it is occasionally necessary to remove some or all of the teeth that are damaged or decayed. The process of removing the unhealthy teeth helps to create a healthier environment for the new teeth. Along with the removal of certain teeth, the underlying bone of the jaw may also need to be surgically reshaped. Quite often, after the removal of damaged teeth, the jaw bone may be sharp and jagged. Smoothing and properly contouring the top ridge of the jawbone will position you for a comfortably-fitting denture or partial. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Nawrocki can also create attractive and natural-looking contours in preparation for your dental implants.
Ideally, it is typically best to try to save your natural teeth through restorative and preventive dentistry. However, it is inevitable that some damaged teeth will need to be extracted. When the instance arises that a natural tooth cannot be saved or restored, Dr. Nawrocki has the training and experience to remove the tooth or teeth in our office. From a single extraction to multiple tooth extractions, our team is equipped to provide exceptional care based upon your individual treatment needs.
Tooth extractions generally fall into one of two basic categories: simple extractions or surgical extractions. The type of extraction that is performed will depend upon many factors including the condition of the teeth, the position of the teeth and the health of the surrounding bone structure.
Although many extractions are simple in nature, there are always exceptions to the rule. For teeth that are impacted or particularly fragile, it is often necessary to remove the tooth in sections along with a small amount of the surrounding bone. This is defined as a surgical extraction.
Surgery While You Sleep
It is natural to feel a bit uncomfortable (or very uncomfortable) with the idea of having pre-prosthetic surgery or a tooth extraction. At your request, we can use IV sedation (twilight sleep) to help you to relax during your procedure. It is our pleasure to accommodate your needs and we’ll always do our best to provide you with the best surgical experience possible.