Extractions

 While it is the goal of Dr. Therese and her staff at Pleasant Valley Dentistry that you keep your teeth for your lifetime, the need occasionally arises for a tooth to be removed. Whether for adults or children, we aim  to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Empathy & Compassion

Dr. Therese has volunteered her time on two separate occasions to take part in mission trips to treat underserved communities in Guatemala for their dental needs. On these trips, Dr. Therese has gained valuable experience in removing teeth quickly and comfortably while being mentored by some of dentistry’s most skilled surgeons. Furthermore, her experiences have instilled in her a deep sense of empathy and passion for giving to those in need. 

Should it be determined that a tooth needs to be removed, you will be treated with this same sense of empathy by our staff here at Pleasant Valley Dentistry. Dr. Therese prides herself on providing as painless anesthesia as possible to her patients. For maximum comfort, we use high-strength topical anesthetic to “pre-numb” an area prior to fully anesthetizing.

Tooth Replacement

In line with her philosophy of maintaining bite stability and full function, Dr. Therese will always discuss with you the different replacement options after tooth removal. In many cases, Dr. Therese’s recommended adult tooth replacement is a dental implant; however, in some situations a dental bridge or removable denture may be more suitable.

Occasionally, Dr. Therese may elect to refer you to a dental specialist. The complexity of each tooth will be carefully assessed, as well as your individual medical history, prior to deciding whether your needs would be better met at a specialized office. Should Dr. Therese decide to refer you, she will introduce you to a trusted colleague, with whom she will be in communication to ensure your treatment needs are met in a timely and compassionate manner.

Pain Management

Your comfort is our priority at Pleasant Valley Dentistry.

After your procedure is complete, you will be provided with both verbal and written instructions to expedite healing and minimize discomfort.

Dr. Therese is passionate about the current opioid abuse epidemic, and therefore takes her patients’ pain management seriously and on an individual basis. In most cases, she will provide you with instructions on how to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter medications in a safe and predictable manner. This approach is backed by numerous studies that support traditional medications having a greater effect on managing pain than opioid medications. Prior to your procedure, she will consult with you to determine your specific pain management needs to ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.

 

If you are experiencing dental pain or feel that you may need a tooth removed, please call our office as soon as possible to ensure that you can be treated before serious complications occur. After hours emergency calls will be returned as quickly as possible.