The teeth in your mouth are referred to as your permanent teeth and they are going to stick with you for the rest of your life. If you do not take proper care of your permanent teeth, you may lose them and they will fall out. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to the destruction of your teeth. It is important that you do care for your permanent teeth properly and receive routine dental care.
At Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, we want you to know that we welcome you into our La Habra office to have your teeth examined and cleaned. Dr. Cho will look over your mouth and then look for signs of any oral problems or cancer. We will take digital x-rays of your teeth and mouth to document and look for any issues. These x-rays will allow Dr. Cho to see how far the condition has progressed and whether or not it is an emergency.
If we notice a problem that we do not handle here in our La Habra office, we will refer you out to the correct specialist and work closely him them to ensure your dental health is on track. Dr. Cho performs many different extractions within our office, but complicated ones may require a referral, so one would be given in that instance.
Of course, extractions for your permanent teeth are not recommended and Dr. Cho avoids them at all costs. If we have performed numerous extractions on your tooth, it may need to be referred out to be extracted if it cannot be done in our La Habra office. If you do need to have an extraction, do not fear. Dr. Cho wants you to know that you will be kept as comfortable as possible. In addition, we do offer tooth replacement options to fill in the gap where your tooth is missing. We will help you keep a big, beautiful smile.
Tooth Decay Can Ruin Your Permanent Teeth
Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons why patients come into our office. Tooth decay is serious, especially if it escalates to a point where the tooth is loose, dark brown in color, or falling out. Many patients do not realize that they have tooth decay until their tooth starts to react and bother them. At this point, the tooth decay may have advanced to a point where it needs to be filled.
Tooth decay that appears on a permanent tooth can lead to gum disease or an infection. The earliest stages of tooth decay can be reversed in most cases, but not all of the time. The procedure for tooth decay is a filling, crown, or extraction, when needed.
Moderate tooth decay may even extend into the pulp of the tooth and this will cause you to need a root canal. Severe decay may warrant an extraction.
Gum Disease Can Lead to Tooth Loss
Periodontal disease is better known simply as gum disease. When you do have gum disease, you will notice that your teeth are loose or your gums ache ad bleed when they are touched. It is vital and crucial to your dental health that you seek out immediate dental care if you think you have tooth decay.
Regular dental checkups will help ensure that you do not develop gum disease. Many patients have no idea that they even have gum disease until it has advanced to a serious point. The early stages of gum disease are considered gingivitis, but advanced gum disease is considered periodontitis.
Gum disease can be treated and often requires you to have a deep cleaning performed on your permanent teeth. Prescription medications including toothpaste and mouthwash may be needed too. Dr. Cho will go over your options with you and explain how your gum disease will be treated.
In serious gum disease cases, you may need to have your teeth completely extracted from your mouth. If this occurs, Dr. Cho will provide you with tooth replacement options.
What If I Need an Extraction?
If you do need to have an extraction performed in our La Habra office, Dr. Cho is ready to do it for you. The first step in the process is for Dr. Cho to identify the tooth that needs to be removed. From that point, you will be given a topical anesthetic and then a shot of Novocain to help numb the entire area that is going to be worked on.
Dr. Cho will then proceed to use a special tool to wiggle the tooth so that it becomes loose and can be removed from the socket. Once your tooth has been extracted, Dr. Cho will then put stitches in place if they are needed. You will receive a piece of gauze that is placed on the area to stop any bleeding that may occur. If stitches are required, you will need to come back into our office to have them removed.
Typically, extractions do not require any type of medication after the fact, but if the pain is intense or your situation warrants it, Dr. Cho may prescribe you a medication to help alleviate pain and accelerate healing.
Before you leave our La Habra office, you will be given care instructions for your extraction. If you have any questions about the procedure, please call our office.
Schedule Your Appointment with Us Today
If you need to have a permanent tooth extracted from your mouth or you think that you may have a damaged or decayed permanent tooth, call our La Habra office now. It is important that you receive dental care immediately for this issue as it can lead to more problems and it may affect other teeth.
Dr. Cho has performed thousands of procedures to help patients improve the look of their smile and treat conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. At Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, we care about you and we care about your smile. Don’t settle for anything less and schedule your appointment now.
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