Tooth extractions are generally the last resort to treat a tooth that’s severely decayed, infected, or damaged. If you have a throbbing, aching tooth, contact Jordan Brunson, DDS, and Kirsten Jordan, DMD, at Palmetto Family Dental in Palmetto, Zebulon, and McDonough, Georgia, to find out if a tooth extraction is the best solution for your needs. Click on the online scheduling tool, or call either clinic to book your tooth extraction evaluation over the phone.
Repairing your natural teeth is always the preferred solution when it comes to treatment. By extracting a tooth, you risk losing bone and gum tissue and damaging surrounding structures. Needless to say, extracting a tooth is typically the last treatment solution if other options have failed or if alternatives solutions aren’t a good fit for you.
Your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction if you have any of the following issues:
In some cases, it’s necessary to extract a tooth for overcrowding issues. For instance, your dentist might recommend pulling your wisdom teeth to ensure you have enough space for the rest of your teeth and to prevent an abnormal bite.
Palmetto Family Dental specializes in atraumatic extractions and providing treatments that preserve your bone and gum tissue. To ensure you’re comfortable, your dentist thoroughly numbs your tooth and gums with a novocaine injection.
For a simple extraction, your dentist uses an elevator tool to gently loosen your tooth. Then your dentist uses forceps to rock your tooth back and forth to carefully remove it.
If you need a surgical extraction, which may be necessary for a larger tooth, your dentist first cuts into your gum tissue. They remove a minimal amount of surrounding bone to help make the extraction process easier. In some cases, tooth sectioning is necessary to break your tooth into smaller parts to help with the extraction process.
After your extraction is complete, your dentist places sutures to close the wound (if necessary). You’re going to need to bite down on gauze for a short period afterward as part of the recovery.
It’s important to replace your extracted tooth with a false tooth to prevent teeth shifting and to help you maintain your normal bite. Of course, if you needed an extraction for overcrowding purposes, you won’t need further treatment.
Your dedicated dentist at Palmetto Family Dental may recommend getting a dental bridge or dental implant to fill in the gap. If you need several teeth extracted, a partial temporary or fixed denture may also be a solution for restoring your bite.
If you’re in need of a tooth extraction, look no further than Palmetto Family Dental. You can book a dental exam through the website, or you can call the office nearest you to speak with a team member directly.