Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to maintain or restore oral health. At Palmetto Family Dental, we ensure a smooth and comfortable extraction process.

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

There are various reasons for tooth extractions, including:

  • Severe tooth decay that can't be treated with a filling or crown
  • Impacted wisdom teeth causing pain or misalignment
  • Overcrowding, often as a precursor to orthodontic treatments like Sure Smile
  • Teeth damaged from trauma or injury

What is the process for a tooth extraction?

After a thorough examination and x-ray, the area is numbed using local anesthesia. The tooth is then gently loosened and removed. We provide aftercare instructions and may prescribe pain relief or antibiotics if necessary. For complex cases, we might recommend seeing an oral surgeon.

How should I care for my mouth after an extraction?

Post-extraction care is crucial for healing:

  • Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting for 24 hours
  • Refrain from smoking or using straws, as this can dislodge the clot
  • Consume soft foods and avoid the extraction site when chewing
  • Follow any prescribed medication routines
  • Consider dental implants or bridges as replacement options

Are there alternatives to tooth extraction?

Depending on the issue, alternatives might include root canals, crowns, or other restorative procedures. It's essential to consult with our team to determine the best course of action for your unique situation.

Preserve Your Oral Health

Facing a potential extraction? Consult with our experts at Palmetto Family Dental to understand your options and ensure the best care.

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