Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to optimize your overall health. Michael C. Friedman, DDS, and the expert team at Sharon Springs Dental perform extractions with and without bone grafting at their state-of-the-art office in Cumming, Georgia. If you or your child needs a tooth extraction, call the office today or request an appointment online.
An extraction involves removing a tooth. You may have heard the phrase “getting a tooth pulled,” which is an accurate way to describe a simple extraction of a visible tooth. However, an impacted tooth that’s trapped below the surface of your gums requires a surgical extraction, which is slightly more complex than pulling a tooth.
The team at Sharon Springs Dental uses the most advanced techniques and technologies to perform simple and surgical extractions.
At Sharon Springs Dental, the goal is to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible. In some cases, removing the problem tooth is the best treatment.
People need extractions for many reasons. Wisdom teeth extractions are common among teens and some adults because these molars are often impacted or don’t grow straight. Wisdom teeth that emerge only partially can lead to problems like infection.
Other reasons you may need a tooth extraction include excessive decay, tooth infection, and overcrowding. Additionally, some people get extractions to remove problem teeth before undergoing chemotherapy or an organ transplant in order to maintain good oral health.
The team at Sharon Springs Dental performs tooth extractions as an outpatient procedure. The type of anesthesia they use depends on whether you need a simple or surgical extraction. A simple extraction involves local anesthesia, while a surgical extraction typically uses a combination of local and general anesthesia.
During a surgical extraction, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum. They may also need to remove bone or cut your tooth into small pieces before they extract it. If you don’t have enough healthy jaw bone tissue, they may perform a bone graft.
The team at Sharon Springs Dental provides you with detailed instructions on how to care for your tooth at home based on your particular needs. They may prescribe medications or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers for you to take.
You should plan to rest and relax for at least 24 hours after an extraction. Don’t drink through a straw, smoke cigarettes, or rinse your mouth out during the first 24 hours. After that, your dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth with salt water.
For excellent care in tooth extractions, call Sharon Springs Dental or request an appointment online today.