At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, we will do all we can to treat your teeth and remedy any dental maladies. In cases that require extractions, we will ensure the procedure is done with the utmost care, minimizing your discomfort, and maximizing your well-being. Our dentists have the necessary skills and experience to perform tooth extractions in Lawrence, KS.
When a tooth is broken, cracked, or extensively decayed, it may be necessary to remove it. Other common reasons for extractions include creating space in the mouth in preparation for orthodontics or remedying excessive crowding when a tooth is unable to break through the gums. Likewise, a tooth with advanced stages of periodontal disease should be removed, as well as teeth that are poorly positioned or non-functional.
Because we are concerned about your long-term dental health, we typically recommend a replacement for an extracted tooth. Not replacing missing teeth may cause extra strain on surrounding teeth. This can create a snowball effect, causing undue damage to remaining teeth. Therefore, we often advise replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, our dentists have pursued and undergone extensive training. As a result, we provide the Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County area with the highest quality specialized surgical dentistry and tooth extractions. We provide baby teeth extractions for our pediatric patients, third molar extractions, and everything in between. We accomplish all of this by utilizing the most up-to-date instruments and techniques to minimize discomfort for our patients.
Though it seems odd to call a tooth removal an atraumatic extraction, this is the term for the techniques we use. Essentially, this means we use the newest state-of-the-art instruments with updated metallurgy to remove teeth without damaging the bone around the extraction site. This results in faster healing and bone preservation, allowing for future implant placement if needed.
Between the ages of 17 and 25, your wisdom teeth (if you have any) should start to come in. These teeth are unnecessary for a functional smile, and they often need to be removed because of the damage they can cause to the rest of your teeth (which is usually a consequence of there not being enough room for them in the mouth). If there’s a young adult in your family who has not had their wisdom teeth removed yet, we’ll monitor their situation closely and let you know when action needs to be taken.
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