Peachtree Corners, GA
Dental extractions are a very common procedure completed by either our dentist or an oral surgeon, for more severe conditions. There are many reasons why a person may have a dental extraction including tooth decay, injury, and routine wisdom tooth extraction. We provide dental extraction as well as numerous restorative procedures here at Southern Family Dental Care.
What Are the Types of Extractions?
There are two main categories of dental extraction.
Simple extractions are those which involve teeth that are visible above your gumline and that can be removed in a single piece.
Surgical extractions, on the other hand, require gum tissue to be removed.
In addition, teeth that are not visible may need to be removed in more than one piece.
You will have a consult with either Dr. Clint Baugham or an oral surgeon prior to the extraction procedure. They will counsel you on pre-extraction instructions, such as fasting (because of anesthesia) and temporarily stopping the use of blood thinner medication.
Our dentist may also prescribe antibiotics in the days or weeks leading up to your extraction procedure.
On the day of extraction, a local anesthetic will be applied to the extraction site. We may also provide a general anesthetic or sedative if needed. Prior to the extraction, our dentist will get a dental x-ray to determine the angle and curvature of the tooth root.
To begin, if the tooth is under the gum tissue, our dentists will make a small incision to expose the tooth. We may need to remove any obstructive tissue or cut the tooth into multiple pieces in order to pull it out.
The dentist will use a special tool to loosen the tooth first so that it can be easily removed.
During the procedure, you will not feel pain, but it is normal to feel slight pressure and hear the grinding or cutting of tissue.
Our dentist can also apply more numbing ointment at any point during the procedure.
Once the tooth has been extracted, our dentist will stitch the wound and apply gauze to stop any bleeding.
There will be a slight recovery period in the office, which is especially important if you have received a general anesthetic. However, anesthesia usually takes several hours to fully recover from. So, it is normal to feel numb or tired following your procedure.
In the days following the extraction, you may feel some slight pain and tenderness around the extraction area. The gums may also appear swollen. Our dentist will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics as needed.
They will also give you instructions to help with recovery. For example, you should not touch the stitches or run your tongue along with them as it can cause them to come out too early.
Our dentist can tell you the easiest way to maintain oral hygiene during this time and may also recommend the use of ice or a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Gauze can be removed about 30 minutes after the extraction, but it is normal for bleeding to continue for several days.
Keep gauze on the wound as long as it is actively bleeding, but change it frequently to avoid infection.
Schedule an Extraction with Your Trusted Peachtree, GA Dentist Today!
Call Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 to schedule your dental extraction.