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Can a Dental Extraction Improve Your Oral Health?

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When you visit Broadway Dental of Pearland with a dental problem, our experienced team will come up with a personalized treatment plan to improve your oral health. Generally, we do all we can to help you keep your natural teeth. But sometimes, we may suggest a tooth extraction as the best course of action.

Do I Need a Dental Extraction?

During your routine checkups and any emergency visits, our team will thoroughly examine the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If we believe it is in your best interest to have a tooth removed, we’ll inform you about the next steps and your options.

Reasons for Dental Extraction

We understand that losing a tooth usually isn’t perceived as a positive thing unless you’re a child with hopes of getting money from the Tooth Fairy! For adults, there are several reasons why you may benefit from a dental extraction, such as:

  • Prevent infection and other potential problems from wisdom teeth
  • A badly decayed, cracked, or broken tooth cannot be repaired with a dental crown
  • Your smile has been severely compromised by advanced periodontal disease
  • As preparation for partial or complete dentures
  • A stubborn baby tooth is inhibiting growth of the underlying adult tooth

Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

You should plan on resting after a tooth extraction. Avoid bending, lifting, and vigorous activity for several days. Additionally, eat soft foods until your extraction site has significantly healed. We recommend foods like applesauce, yogurt, bananas, mashed potatoes, blueberries, and pasta. Avoid drinking from straws, smoking, and eating foods that are hard and crunchy.

Improve Your Dental Health in Pearland, TX

Depending on your unique situation, a tooth extraction may be what you need to prevent infection and restore your oral health. Broadway Dental of Pearland offers comprehensive dentistry, including gentle tooth extractions. We only recommend treatment that we believe will be beneficial for your health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office!