Sometimes practicing good oral hygiene just isn’t enough and an extraction is your best option, whether your wisdom teeth are coming in, you have gum disease, or you need work done to accommodate a restoration. At Mountain Peak Dentistry in Lakewood, Colorado, licensed General Dentist Brennan Bonati, DDS, is experienced in providing a range of extractions. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book your visit online today.
Your 3 most common questions about Extractions.
Question 1: What is a tooth extraction?
When you have a damaged tooth or other oral health issues, an extraction, or having your tooth pulled, may be your best option. Keep in mind that losing a tooth doesn’t mean what it used to, as the procedure is more comfortable than ever, and Dr. Bonati offers restorative treatments that can replace your tooth in a way that looks and feels natural.
General Dentist Dr. Bonati may recommend an extraction if you have:
1) Impacted teeth, most commonly your wisdom teeth, that get stuck beneath your gum or bones
2) Teeth crowding, which can result when your mouth doesn’t have enough space
3) Decayed or infected teeth, if they’re beyond what a filling or root canal can fix
The prospect of getting a tooth pulled may frighten you, but Dr. Bonati treats the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
Question 2: What other oral surgery procedures are available?
Dr. Bonati and Dr. Lai are a part of a General Dentistry and Specialty Practice that is experienced in a wide range of procedures to treat conditions affecting your teeth and gums, including:
This procedure removes excess gum tissue. If you have a gum infection or tooth decay, clearing out gum tissue will make accessing your teeth and treating these issues much easier. Crown lengthening can also improve the appearance of your smile.
If there are deep pockets at the top of your gumline, you’re prone to bacterial infections because it’s nearly impossible to keep these pockets clean. After Dr. Lai reduces the depth of these pockets, you’ll be able to take care of your gums through routine oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts
Often, bone loss in the jaw accompanies problems with your teeth. If Dr. Lai recommends dental implants to replace your missing or damaged teeth, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift so your jawbone is strong enough to support your implants.
If your gums have receded due to periodontal disease, Dr. Lai can perform a gum graft. Depending on your condition, he may recommend a free gingival graft, which thickens your gums, or a connective tissue graft to cover up exposed root tissue.
After examining your teeth and gums, Dr. Lai explains the surgical options available to you.
Question 3: How do I know if I need oral surgery?
Dr. Bonati and Dr. Lai determine if you need oral surgery or another treatment during your consultation. However, you should book an appointment at Mountain Peak Dentistry if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:
1) Teeth that are missing, damaged, or discolored
2) A change in the position of your teeth
3) Teeth that don’t seem to fit comfortably in your mouth
4) Gums that are red, swollen, and inflamed, especially around damaged teeth
If there seems to be something wrong with your teeth or gums, don’t wait and risk having your condition worsen. Call Mountain Peak Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.
Meet Our Team
As a member of the Colorado Dental Association and Metro Denver Dental Society, Dr. Bonati is committed to professional development, and he hopes his patients benefit from his expanding knowledge most of all.
Mountain Peak Dentistry is a comprehensive dental practice offering you all the dental services necessary to keep you and your family healthy and happily smiling.
Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth, and, in fact, the two are closely related.
Sometimes practicing good oral hygiene just isn’t enough and an extraction is your best option.
Implants are one of the most exciting developments in modern dentistry, providing a permanent replacement for missing teeth that look and feel just like the real thing.
Straight teeth not only look better, but they’re easier to keep clean and less prone to future problems, so orthodontics is more than just a cosmetic procedure.