When it comes to extracting a tooth or multiple teeth, we deliver nothing less than superior care. Whether you need a tooth extraction for severe decay, extensive damage, impacted wisdom teeth or crowding concerns during orthodontics, our family dental practices in Concord and Charlotte are equipped to handle your dental health needs with the highest level of expertise. We offer a full menu of dental services for patients of all ages.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
There are a variety of reasons a person may need to have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted. If a tooth has been damaged by decay and cannot be repaired, a dentist may recommend removal as the best option. People also have teeth extracted if baby teeth don’t fall out in time or they need wisdom teeth removal.
There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. During a simple extraction, a dentist will numb and loosen the tooth with an instrument, then remove it using forceps. A surgical extraction is more complex and is used to remove wisdom teeth, for example. This procedure requires an incision in the patient’s gum to remove the affected teeth.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth do not always cause problems, but the potential harm typically warrants the need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge, and they do not offer a significant functional benefit. In fact, they are known for becoming impacted, growing in sideways or getting trapped beneath the gum and bone.
These situations can cause painful symptoms and various oral health problems such as jaw cysts, bone loss, infection and misalignment. For patients between 16-20 years of age, wisdom teeth removal may be recommended to prevent such disruptive complications.
After tooth extraction, it’s important to properly care for the affected area. Here are some tips to help the healing process:
- Reduce swelling. If you are experiencing swelling after a tooth extraction, ice therapy may help. Apply a cold ice pack for 15 minutes, and then remove for 15 minutes. It’s important to ice the affected area within the first 24 hours after the procedure for maximum effectiveness.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking after a tooth extraction is one thing that can lead to the formation of a dry socket. While tooth extraction may be uncomfortable, some people say a dry socket is even more painful than the procedure itself.
- Avoid hard foods. Several days after a tooth extraction, consume soft and cold foods. Foods like smoothies, scrambled eggs, avocados, broth, and applesauce will help soothe your mouth. When drinking beverages, don’t use a straw. This can cause the blood clot helping your mouth heal become loose, leading to a dry socket.
Home Care after Extractions
Why Should I Chose Modern Family Dental Care for my Tooth Extraction?
Our friendly staff, relaxing amenities and modern dental technology help to create a truly unique experience for our patients – one that is comfortable and rewarding. Regardless of the reason for your visit, you can trust us to be fully committed to the long-term health and beauty of your smile.
At Modern Family Dental Care, we perform wisdom tooth removal and tooth extractions with careful precision minimal patient discomfort. Our offices in Concord Mills, Northlake and Davis Lake offer sedation dentistry and use the latest comfort technology to ensure patients of all ages to receive dental treatments that are more comfortable, safer and more efficient than ever before. Our gentle Charlotte dentists have unsurpassed skills when it comes to treating your smile. In cases where tooth extraction is recommended, you can trust that it is in the best interest of your long-term smile health and aesthetics.
As with all of our dental procedures, we put patient comfort as a top priority. Our staff is diligent to explain your procedure as well as the post-op instructions that will facilitate healing and reduce discomfort after an extraction.
To learn more about tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal from Modern Family Dental Care in Concord and Charlotte, please contact us today. We are happy to answer your questions and show you how convenient and rewarding dental care can be.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
1) If I have my tooth extracted, what happens to the space it leaves?
At our dental practices near Charlotte, we also recognize the importance of replacing missing teeth. Therefore, we offer dental implants and other tooth replacement options to ensure your smile is restored completely after tooth extraction.
2) Can I eat before a tooth extraction?
This depends on the type of tooth extraction you are having. If your procedure involves a surgical extraction, you will be sedated. Therefore, you should not eat six hours prior to the procedure. If you are having a simple extraction, you will have local anesthesia and can eat food beforehand.
3) Will I be able to drive home after the procedure?
If you are having a surgical extraction you will not be able to drive home due to being sedated for the procedure. However, if you had a simple extraction you will be able to drive following your appointment.