Given the choice, Dr. Rabban generally prefers to save a tooth over extracting it. In fact, she explores all the treatment options before recommending extraction. However, there are times when removing the tooth is the best or only way to keep a patient’s smile healthy. These situations include the following:
The patient has severe gum disease.
Decay or injury has left too little tooth structure to support a dental crown.
The teeth are overcrowded and need orthodontic treatment.
Primary teeth are preventing permanent teeth from erupting properly.
Patient Comfort for Tooth Extractions
If Dr. Rabban recommends extraction, you can expect her to explain all your treatment choices and why she thinks removing the tooth is best for your smile. Also, before we begin a tooth extraction, we will always make sure that the patient is completely comfortable. In addition to anesthetic, which numbs the area, we can offer sedation options to help the patient feel more relaxed. If necessary, we will also go through your tooth replacement options so that you don’t have to live with an incomplete smile for long.