Tooth decay is a common dental problem, but when it becomes advanced, it can cause pain and infection. Two options for treating advanced tooth decay are extraction and root canal procedures. Alexandra Peri, DDS, offers extractions and root canals to eliminate dental pain and stop decay and infection from spreading. To learn more, call Mint Dental in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, or book an appointment online.
Repairing and restoring a damaged tooth is always preferable to extracting a tooth, but sometimes an extraction is the only realistic option. Some of the most common reasons a tooth may need to be extracted include:
If you’re nervous about having a tooth extracted, talk to Dr. Peri about the process. Typically, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic, minimizing any discomfort caused by the procedure. The tooth is then removed using dental forceps, and finally, the gums are repaired with stitches, if necessary.