There are some instances where tooth extraction is the best option for maintaining your oral health. Extractions performed at our office are done with the utmost care so that you remain completely comfortable and relaxed throughout your appointment. Your extraction should require just one visit to our office, unless otherwise stated by Dr. Sullivan. He may recommend tooth extraction to:
• Prepare your mouth for orthodontic treatment
• Remove infection or reduce your risk for infection
• Eliminate advanced periodontal (gum) disease or decay
In many cases, extraction can be avoided by practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, and regularly visiting the dentist.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, since they very rarely erupt through the gums and align themselves properly in the mouth. Dr. Sullivan will carefully monitor the wisdom teeth and their movement, beginning in the mid-teen years, and recommend their removal if he notices any issues. Prompt removal of impacted wisdom teeth can help prevent:
• Formation of pockets in the gums
• Shifting of erupted teeth
Our office offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and can prescribe an oral medication to partially sedate the patient. In particularly complicated cases, Dr. Sullivan may refer a patient to an oral surgeon for greater expertise and complete sedation.
Night Guards and Sports Guards
We use an in-house machine to create custom night guards and sports guards. These custom guards are designed to fit your mouth comfortably, without interfering with your daily life. Some of the uses of our custom guards include:
• Sports guards will protect your teeth and mouth against accidental sports injuries while you are busy playing your best
• Night guards can be used to protect your teeth against bruxism or teeth grinding as well as problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
If a harder night guard is needed, we can have a custom-fabricated guard made by a local dental lab. We look forward to helping you protect your smile!