While Dr. Her does everything he can to avoid extracting teeth, sometimes doing so is necessary if your overall oral health is at risk. Regardless of the reasons for recommending tooth extractions in Gainesville, GA, our dental office works hard to create a comfortable and relaxing environment. We’ll always make sure you know exactly what to expect prior to your treatment and discuss your needs. To learn more about the process, feel free to call Dr. Her and the team at Lifetime Dental today!
We always do our utmost to save teeth via restorative procedures, but if a tooth is severely damaged by decay or physical trauma, trying to restore the tooth can do more harm than good. Additionally, there are instances where teeth are actively interfering with your mouth’s other oral structures. If teeth become impacted, it means they are trapped underneath existing teeth, leading to an infection beneath the gum tissue. If you intend on pursuing orthodontic treatment or need a denture placed, we may also extract teeth if they would interfere with that process.
Rest assured that before we begin removing a tooth, your dentist in Gainesville will help you feel fully comfortable. We’ll be sure to numb your mouth with a potent local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort that you might feel. If you need some help relaxing in the dental chair, we can talk to you about our sedation options.
There are two basic types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. We’ll perform a simple extraction if the tooth has fully erupted from the gums. After numbing your mouth, we clasp the tooth with a special instrument and gently rock it back and forth until it breaks free.
If the tooth is impacted, it will require a surgical extraction. With surgical tooth extractions, Dr. Her will typically need to perform an additional step beyond rocking the tooth free. He may create a small incision in the gum tissue or drill slightly into the jawbone to access more of the tooth. He might even have to break the tooth into smaller sections and remove them one by one. Each patient’s situation differs, and we’ll be happy to go over the details if you would like.
After we have finished removing your tooth, we’ll outline what you can expect during the recovery process, which will include a pain management plan using over-the-counter and/or prescription medications. Holding a cold compress to your cheek can also help reduce pain as well as swelling; just be sure to only do so in ten-minute intervals. Additionally, we’ll instruct you on how to change out your gauze pads and how to minimize bleeding. You’ll want to stick to a soft food diet for the first couple of days. You should also avoid smoking, spitting forcefully, blowing your nose, and drinking through a straw. These activities can all dislodge the blood clot developing over the extraction site, causing pain and delaying the healing process.