It is essential to have healthy teeth to speak properly and chew food. Oral surgeons and dentists often see patients who struggle to care for their teeth appropriately or have damaged teeth as a result of facial trauma. Sometimes crowns, root canals, or fillings can be used to restore a tooth to its original function, but if the damage is too severe, the patient may be referred to an oral surgeon to have the tooth removed. The team at Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery works hard to examine every possibility of restoring a tooth before extracting it. If necessary, we also provide the best options for tooth replacement, like dental implants.
The following conditions can contribute to the need to have a tooth or multiple teeth removed:
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common oral conditions. It affects both the tissues around the tooth and the bone beneath the gums, causing tooth loosening and the need for extraction.
- Dental Crowding: In some cases, the teeth become too crowded and must be extracted for the mouth to have adequate room for oral function. This can occur when the jaw bone is too short to accommodate all of the teeth, or the patient has extra teeth in the mouth. The mouth may also be too crowded if adult teeth are beginning to grow in before their corresponding baby teeth have fallen out.
- Risk of Additional Infection: Much like periodontal disease, when severe tooth decay is not addressed immediately, it can spread into the center of the tooth, damaging important blood vessels and nerves. If this occurs, the patient is no longer a candidate for antibiotic treatment or root canal therapy and must have the tooth removed immediately to avoid exposing the rest of the mouth to infection.
How do I know if I need a tooth removed?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we will perform a thorough oral examination and complete an X-ray evaluation of the teeth that are at risk. Dr. Matthew Poore offers a wide variety of anesthetic and sedative options, including local anesthetic, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia to decrease anxiety and subdue pain during the procedure. Dr. Poore will take a variety of factors into consideration when determining the best method for tooth removal and anesthetic, including your age and general health status, the presence of infection, the degree of difficulty of the extraction(s), the tooth’s relationship to other teeth and structures in the mouth, and your personal preferences. He will also provide you with options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants, which can often be placed at the same time that the tooth is extracted.
If you think you may be in need of a tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact our office in East Stroudsburg, PA. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to help you schedule an initial consultation to meet with Dr. Poore and discuss your treatment options. It is our goal to restore your oral health and provide you with the best option for replacing missing teeth.
Where can I get a tooth removed in Monroe County, PA?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer a wide variety of oral and facial surgery services, including the removal of teeth. Dr. Matthew Poore and his highly skilled team serve all of Monroe County including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Tannersville, Bartonsville, Bangor, Bushkill, Brodheadsville, Tobyhanna, Sciota, Saylorsburg, Nazareth, Swiftwater, Mt Pocono, Reeders, Mt. Bethel, Cresco, Blakeslee, Pocono Summit, Effort, Kresgeville, Kunkletown, Pen Argyl, Hazelton, PA, and Blairstown, NJ.