At Gennaoui Rigden Family Dental, our goal is to maintain your oral health. While we make every effort to preserve your natural teeth, there are times when a tooth extraction is necessary. When the presence of a badly decayed or damaged tooth threatens your oral health care, our team may suggest an extraction. A tooth may be removed due to severe decay, a fractured root, or bone loss. If a tooth is extracted,we will also provide solutions to replace the missing tooth with a dental bridge, implant, or denture.
The wisdom teeth are the third or final set of molars that develop. Unfortunately, for most patients, the mouth or facial structure is too small for the wisdom teeth to properly erupt. The teeth may become impacted, grow sideways, or become trapped in the gum and bone. This can lead to discomfort, inflammation, infection, and decay.
If the wisdom teeth show signs of becoming impacted, growing incorrectly, or causing problems, an extraction may be recommended. This is done to prevent dental issues and promote positive oral health.
TMJ (TMD) Therapy
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a hinge to move your jaw up and down. Problems or pain in this area are often caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD may be caused by genetics, teeth grinding or bruxism, arthritis, or an injury. Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Facial soreness
- Discomfort when opening and closing the jaw
The pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is often temporary and can be treated through self-care and nonsurgical therapies. Ask us about treatments for TMD to reduce your jaw pain.
Root Canal Therapy
A “root canal” is a restorative treatment that is performed to remove decay, bacteria, and infection from the center of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are located. When the pulp chamber is infected or damaged due to decay or trauma, a root canal treatment is necessary to preserve the natural tooth.
Root canal therapy involves entering the pulp chamber to remove the dead or diseased tissues, disinfecting the canals, and sealing the tooth. This prevents bacteria from causing harm in the future. A crown is usually placed on top of the tooth after the treatment to further restore and preserve the tooth structure.
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