See How We Make Tooth Removal Comfortable
Oftentimes, our patients come in with tooth pain or a broken-down tooth. After trying all kinds of options and having a conversation about long-term success, sometimes tooth extraction is just the way we have to go. While it’s an emotionally unpleasant experience, sometimes we really have to have a lot of conversation to make sure the patient is comfortable with the decision that they have to make. During the process, they are never feeling anything at all. We’re constantly checking in with them. They know that they can always pause or stop.
Being a periodontist, I really do focus on a lot of preservation, and so our extractions that I do are extremely delicate in a sense, where my focus is on preserving as much structure as possible with minimal, minimal trauma to the surrounding areas. Then after an extraction, we go over very thorough instructions so that the patients feel comfortable managing at home. Then of course, coming up with a plan as to how to replace the tooth, especially if that tooth is somewhere visible or an important component of function in chewing. Before anything happens, we really focus on connecting with our patients, making sure they understand their options, and making sure that they’re comfortable with the decision they’ve made.