Comfortable Removal of a Broken or Decayed Tooth
Healthy teeth are essential for chewing, speaking, and preserving the facial structure. Adult teeth are meant to last forever, but sometimes trauma or decay can occur. Sometimes a crown, root canal, or filling can be utilized to restore the tooth to its original function, but if the damage or decay is too severe, the tooth may need to be extracted. Some patients wish for a tooth to be extracted if it is discolored or uneven, which we can then replace with a dental implant.
The oral surgery team at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery works hard to examine every possibility of restoring a natural tooth before extracting it. If a dental extraction is necessary, we will walk you through the extraction process and discuss your tooth replacement options, like dental implants. If you need a tooth extracted, contact us in Lebanon, PA, and Dr. Balaci or Dr. Forbes will evaluate your oral health and create a custom treatment plan for you.
The Reasons for Needing a Tooth Extracted
The following conditions can contribute to the need to have a dental extraction:
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss and affects both the tissues around the tooth and the bones beneath the gums, causing tooth loosening and the need for a dental extraction. * Dental Crowding
In some cases, the teeth become too crowded and must be extracted for the mouth to have the proper room for oral function. This can occur when the jaw bone is too small to accommodate all of the teeth. In some situations, an extra tooth or teeth result in significant crowding. Crowding may also occur if adult teeth are beginning to grow in before their corresponding baby teeth have fallen out.
In addition to the common side effects of periodontal disease, advanced dental decay is a major cause of tooth loss. If a cavity is not treated, the infection can invade the nerves and blood supply of the teeth resulting in significant pain and a high possibility of infection. These infections can potentially be life threatening. In most situations, treatment involves the extraction of the infected teeth, antibiotic therapy, and at times, surgical procedures to drain infections.
Tooth Extraction Process
At Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery, we will perform a thorough oral examination and use 3D scans to evaluate your teeth. To subdue pain and to decrease anxiety, our oral surgeons offer a wide variety of anesthetic and sedative options, ranging from a local anesthetic to general anesthesia. For most simple tooth extractions, only local anesthetic is required.
We will take several factors into consideration when determining the best method for tooth removal. Your age, medical history, the difficulty of the procedure, the presence of gum disease, the tooth’s relationship to other teeth and structures in the mouth, and your personal preferences will all be considered.
In some cases, we can perform extraction on the same day as the consultation. We will numb the area and remove the tooth using forceps. If you plan to replace the tooth with a dental implant and have enough healthy jaw bone, we can insert the implant post immediately following extraction.
Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Dental implants can often be placed at the same time that the tooth is extracted. This reduces the number of visits you need, saving time and money. You also don’t have to go without a tooth and can enjoy a complete smile with your dental implant.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that replicates the look and function of a natural tooth. An implant post acts as a tooth root, embedded into the jaw bone to provide stimulation and support during chewing. Removable options like dentures, partials, or bridges only cosmetically restore your smile and must be replaced every few years. Dental implants remain in your mouth for many years and can last a lifetime with proper care. Learn more about dental implants and contact Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery to start your journey to a healthier, complete smile.
Types of Anesthesia
The anesthesia or sedation method used for your surgery is dependent on the type of procedure being performed as well as your personal preference. Some types can be combined for stronger sedation.
Hear From Dental Extraction Patients
These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing dental extraction at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Extraction Patients
Katy Reviews Her Dental Extraction Procedure
"I came to Dr. Balaci for a tooth extraction. Before having my procedure done, I would say I was extremely nervous because I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Right when I walked in the door, I felt comfortable. Everyone was really nice. The doctor explained exactly what he was going to do so I had a clear understanding of what was going to happen. It was quick, I wasn’t in a lot of pain, I wasn’t on any pain meds. Dr. Balaci is very kind-hearted, and all the receptionists, all the women, all the surgical assistants, and all the doctors make me feel at home here, and I love it. If anyone in the Elizabethtown area needs oral surgery, Balaci Oral Surgery is the place to come."
Laurie Reviews Her Dental Extraction Procedure
"I came to Balaci Oral Surgery for an extraction and a bone graft and a dental implant. The staff was so kind. They kept assuring me everything was going to be fine. Dr. Balaci feels confident that I am not going to suffer any long-term effects because they gave me fantastic care. I would highly recommend Dr. Balaci to anyone who needs any kind of dental surgery. It’s above and beyond any kind of care I ever expected."
Lisa Reviews Her Dental Extraction Procedure
"I came to Dr. Balaci’s office for an extraction, a bone graft, and dental implant. I was having some pain in my tooth, so I came to Dr. Balaci for the implant. My procedure went great. Dr. Balaci makes you feel very comfortable. He’s very good at what he does, and I knew I could trust him with what I needed done. The staff is very friendly, very knowledgeable. Since the procedure, everything has been great. I would absolutely give Dr. Balaci’s office a five-star rating. If anyone in Lititz needed oral surgery of any type, I would definitely recommend Dr. Balaci’s office."
Bethany Reviews Her Dental Extraction Procedure
"I came to Balaci Oral Surgery for an extraction and a bone graft. When I came in for my procedure, I was pretty anxious, but as soon as I got here, I was greeted by the front desk. The team is friendly, they're outgoing, and they just put your mind at ease when you walk through the door. Then when Dr. Balaci came in, everything was very easy and very fast. I just had quality care provided by Dr. Balaci. I was extremely surprised at how easy the extraction was. My recovery was very fast and extremely pain-free. After having the extraction, I feel wonderful. If anyone in the Harrisburg area needed any form of oral surgery, I would definitely recommend Dr. Balaci."
Wendy Reviews Her Dental Extraction Procedure
"I had lost my front tooth. On the first visit, I had two extractions and a bone graft. I was in and out in less than an hour. He prepared me for a second bone graft for the front tooth. I came back for a third bone graft. It was almost as if he was a proud father checking in on his work. He gave me the ability to smile. He gave me the ability to present myself. He's given me a new life. Dr. Balaci listened to what my needs were, and he met everything and exceeded everything. I drive 100 miles one way to come see Dr. Balaci. I recommended him to other people in my area, in Philadelphia. If I had found Dr. Balaci and his team faster, I would have done it faster. Simply, he's the best."
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