If you are in need of dental implants or wisdom tooth extraction, oral surgery performed by Dr. Moffitt at our Eagle Grove dental practice can be the right solution for your smile. Our practice offers significant in-house prosthodontic experience, meaning we can extract and replace your missing teeth masterfully.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, but some do. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, or in instances of gum disease, you may be a candidate for wisdom tooth surgery. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental trajectory of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
Other Tooth Extractions
There are unfortunate times when a tooth cannot be saved with standard dental procedures such as root canals, crowns, and dental fillings. This may happen to teeth that are damaged by severe decay, cracks, or gum disease. These teeth may need to be removed, or extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding. Dr. Moffitt has years of experience performing gentle tooth extractions and can complete these procedures in our Eagle Grove dental office.
Socket Preservation Graft
When Dr. Moffitt extracts a tooth, the procedure leaves behind a small hole in the gum tissue referred to as a socket. This socket can be very sensitive following extraction, which is why Dr. Moffitt may recommend a socket preservation graft to protect it.
The goal of a socket preservation graft is to improve the appearance of the remaining teeth and gums and to ensure your mouth is prepared for the process of getting a dental implant to eventually replace your extracted tooth. Dr. Michael Moffitt has significant implant dentistry experience, and as a prosthodonist is the best dental specialist to replace missing oral structures in your mouth.
Gentle Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. Root canal therapy was designed to save diseased teeth. Prior to its development, the only treatment for diseased teeth was extraction. Many patients have had an otherwise hopeless tooth be treated with a root canal and retained it for over fifty years.
The procedure involves cleaning out the inside of the canal and removing all of the infected nerve tissue. The canal is then filled with a special material that seals off the inside of the canal to prevent bacteria from reentering. This eliminates the source of the infection inside of the tooth, which allows the body to heal any infected area outside of the tooth.
In the past, root canals have had a poor reputation because the process was long and painful. Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, changes in technique and instrumentation have improved root canal therapy treatment tremendously. Root canals are now faster, more efficient, and cause virtually zero discomfort. Moffitt Dental is proud to offer our patients sophisticated technology designed for the diagnosis and process of root canal therapy.
Suffering from tooth pain? Concerned you might need oral surgery? Don't let a bad tooth get worse! Call Moffitt Dental today to schedule your appointment at our Eagle Grove office!