SAN ANTONIO DENTAL HEALTH
Are you in need of oral surgery?
We offer several surgical solutions for your dental health. Whether you need a tooth extraction, bone grafting, dental implants or periodontal surgery, our staff works with you to provide high quality, personalized care at an affordable price. We understand that going to the dentist can cause fear in any patient, especially if you’re coming in for oral surgery. We want to alleviate your fears, so we offer sedation services such as IV Sedation and Conscious Oral Sedation.
Our goal is to give you the best dental care and that includes providing a comfortable environment where you can feel relaxed and confident about your surgical care. We love to talk to our patients, so make an appointment for a surgical consultation, and we will discuss your options for oral surgery over coffee. Explore the page below for some more specific information about our surgical solutions.
We provide both IV Sedation and Conscious Oral Sedation for people who need help relaxing and who don’t want to feel anything physically or emotionally while in the dentist’s chair.
Do you have a tooth that needs to be pulled?
Teeth can end up needing to be extracted for several different reasons.
Why does bone matter so much?
Bone is obviously really important. In our face and jaw, bone gives our face its shape…
Not Sure If You actually NEED an Dental Extraction?
Hearing you need an dental extraction when you’re not sure why it’s necessary. How can you know if the tooth truly needs to come out or if it could actually be restored? Isn’t it best to keep your own teeth as long as possible?
We meet new patients all the time coming in for a second opinion and feeling frustrated that another dentist wanted to take a tooth out that the patient is pretty sure could be saved. What we’ve discovered is that about 5% of the time, there was a restorative option available that was overlooked. However, about 95% of the time, the tooth needs to be extracted and the diagnosing dentist simply didn’t take the time to adequately explain why.
It’s easy as a dentist who “does teeth” all day long every day, to forget that patients don’t “do teeth” all day long and that they need extra information in order to feel comfortable making decisions, especially about losing teeth. Dentists also have different personal guidelines about what “saving a tooth” means.
Here are my personal guidelines for when teeth should be extracted:
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection inside the tooth
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection in the surrounding gums
- If the bone around the tooth has dissolved and can’t support the tooth
- If the tooth has broken or decayed to the point that it can’t support a crown
- If the tooth has already been root canaled twice
Why these guidelines? Because I don’t believe that fixing a tooth just to have it break again in a month counts as “saving a tooth.” Every one of these scenarios could be patched, but would explode as a toothache, dangerous infection or deeper trauma within days or weeks, further risking your health. I’m not willing to put my patients’ health at risk for convenience.
If you’re not sure why your tooth “needs an dental extraction” come see me for a second opinion. We’ll take a look and a 3D-CT radiograph give you a clear explanation of what is going on either with that one tooth or in your whole mouth depending on how much you’d like to know.