It is always preferable to save a natural tooth whenever possible. In some cases, however, removing the tooth is the best option for preserving your oral health. Dr. James Slaman can perform a simple tooth extraction at our Albuquerque, NM, dental office using gentle techniques, comfortable oral conscious sedation, and various tooth replacement options to complete your treatment. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Slaman is well-equipped to handle all of your dental needs.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are a few different reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Occasionally, the jawbone is too small for the teeth. This can lead to overcrowding and other complications. A tooth may also be trapped, or impacted, either fully or partially in the bone. These are both common scenarios in which Dr. Slaman may recommend a tooth extraction. In addition, a tooth that is too decayed or damaged for a filling or other restoration may need to be removed. In general, if the long-term prognosis is poor, or if leaving the tooth could cause further damage to your oral health, an extraction is often the most effective treatment option.
What to Expect during Your Appointment
During your appointment with Dr. Slaman, he will first perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine if an extraction is the best course of action. In all instances, he will attempt to save the natural tooth. In addition to a visible assessment, Dr. Slaman may also perform digital diagnostic imaging with our GALILEOS® ComfortPLUS cone beam scanner, which can help him evaluate the underlying structures, such as the roots and supporting jawbone.
At Dr. Slaman & Associates, we strive to deliver top-tier care for those in our community.
If an extraction is recommended, Dr. Slaman will discuss your sedation options with you. For those with dental anxiety, nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation can be administered for your comfort. During the procedure, the tooth is gently rocked back and forth in the socket until it is ready to extract. Finally, Dr. Slaman will carefully remove the tooth, place any necessary stitches, and send you home to begin your recovery.
Why Choose Our Dental Practice?
Patients have several options when it comes to choosing a dentist for their oral health needs. At our practice, we strive to deliver top-tier care for those in our community. Dr. Slaman is a mentor of the Spear Education program and is well-versed in the latest technologies and techniques. Those who choose our practice can rest assured they are receiving the highest level of care possible.
Two of our top priorities are patient comfort and convenience. That is why we offer sedation options and other amenities to make your experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. In addition, we can also help you determine which restorative option is best to replace your missing tooth. Dr. Slaman can recommend dental implants, traditional bridges, or dentures, based on your unique oral health needs.
Learn More about Tooth Extraction
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment at Dr. Slaman & Associates today. Our team can explore your treatment options with you and help you determine the most efficient and predictable replacement solution. To schedule your appointment, contact us online or call (505) 881-7586.