A Tooth Extraction Can Provide Immense Relief
Although Dr. Frank Avason and Dr. Alyssa Wolff will always try to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes a tooth is too far gone to save. There are some instances where a tooth extraction might be the best treatment option for your needs.
If you have an impacted tooth, a badly decayed tooth, or an overcrowded smile, an extraction can provide immense relief from painful symptoms. It can also give your smile a healthy foundation for future restorative treatments or orthodontic treatment. To ensure your comfort and peace of mind during an extraction, we offer various sedation options at our Denver, NC, dental practice.
Reasons for an Extraction
There are various reasons why you might need an extraction, including:
- Impacted teeth: Teeth that are trapped beneath the gums and cannot full erupt, such as wisdom teeth, can cause discomfort and increase your risk of infection and damage to surrounding tooth roots.
- Extensive decay or infection: If you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, an extraction can help give you a healthy foundation for restorative dental treatment.
- Overcrowding: If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment but have an overcrowded smile, an extraction might be necessary to give your teeth sufficient room to move into their ideal positions.
- Trauma: An injury to your mouth can cause extensive damage. If your tooth is fractured below the gum line, it might be best to extract the remaining tooth structure and replace it with a dental implant.
The Extraction Process
Extractions are relatively simple and can provide immense relief. Our dentists work to make the procedure as painless as possible by utilizing gentle techniques and offering various sedation options to suit your needs.
To begin, one of our doctors will numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic. If you are nervous about your extraction, we also offer deeper-level sedation options to help you relax, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation.
Because some tooth extractions eliminate painful infection or decay, they can provide immense relief and prevent additional damage to your smile.
Once you are numb and your method of sedation has set in, we can begin the extraction. If the tooth is impacted, we will begin by creating an incision in the gums. If the tooth has already erupted, we will rock the tooth back and forth with forceps until it becomes loose in its socket. With the combined effects of the anesthetic and any sedation, you should not feel any pain.
If you underwent a tooth extraction because of decay or damage, we might complete your treatment with a socket preservation. By filling the remaining socket with a grafting material, we can create a healthy foundation for dental implants, if you choose to pursue the treatment. We will then suture your gums back together, place gauze over the extraction site, and send you home to begin your recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
If you had to undergo an extraction due to decay or tooth infection, then replacing your lost tooth is often in your best interests. We offer various methods of tooth replacement, including dental bridges. However, the most highly recommended method of tooth replacement is dental implants. These restorations offer unparalleled support for your jawbone, are biocompatible, and are built to last a lifetime.
Get Relief Today
Because some tooth extractions eliminate painful infection or decay, they can provide immense relief and prevent additional damage to your smile. To schedule a visit to Avason Family Dentistry, call us at (704) 820-9797 or request an appointment online.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III