General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
Are you experiencing pain in your mouth? Around a specific tooth or area of your gums? You may be in need of a tooth extraction. At Inspiring Smiles in Cumming, Georgia, Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, and the practice team work hard to ensure your comfort and satisfaction during the extraction procedure. If you think you may be in need, contact the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Teeth Extraction Q & A
What are dental extractions?
The removal of a tooth or multiple teeth may become necessary as a result of gum disease or dental decay, which is often seen in older age. If a tooth is infected or causing pain, it will likely be extracted if all other treatments have failed.
Why would I need to get teeth pulled?
There are many reasons for extracting a tooth. Trauma or disease, orthodontic treatment, impacted wisdom teeth, or an out-of-position baby tooth are just some of the possible causes. There are often several ways to try to save a tooth from being extracted, but when there is no saving the tooth/teeth in question, removal is necessary.
What is the procedure like?
The first step in any extraction is an X-ray examination to assess the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the surrounding bone. This allows your Inspiring Smiles dentist to foresee any possible complications prior to beginning the procedure. A thorough medical and drug history is also taken, to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. During that time, options for sedation or anesthesia are also discussed, if necessary.
If your dentist decides that an extraction is necessary, they first numb the area around the tooth as well as the tooth itself to lessen any discomfort. Your dentist then begins the extraction procedure, taking a semi-sharp dental instrument and pressing it on the gum tissue immediately surrounding the tooth, preparing it for removal.
It is normal to feel pressure during the procedure, but you should not feel pain. The time it takes to remove a tooth varies, and your dentist will give you an approximation before the procedure begins.
What is recovery like?
Immediately after your tooth is extracted, the socket will be covered with sterile gauze and a hygienist will apply pressure for anywhere from 10-20 minutes to control bleeding. It’s normal to experience some discomfort after a tooth extraction and taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs should control most symptoms.
Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to ensure infection-free healing, and they will likely encourage the use of ice packs for at least one-day post-op. Eat soft foods that do not exercise the jaw or cause tooth pain, and slowly but surely, the hole in your gum will heal, and your mouth will begin to feel normal again.
The dentists at Inspiring Smiles are highly skilled at performing extractions, and your comfort and satisfaction with the procedure are of his utmost concern. They will do everything in their power to ensure you leave the office happy and comfortable. To schedule an appointment for a tooth extraction or to find out if you may need this procedure, call the office or book an appointment online today.