PREMIER TOOTH EXTRACTION EXPERTS IN CHARLOTTE, NC
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but certain occurrences can result in the premature removal of teeth. Tooth extractions are generally performed when a tooth has suffered from trauma, disease, or overcrowding. A tooth extraction procedure is typically a last resort, as a tooth should try to be saved due to the numerous benefits of saving all of your natural teeth. However, severe infections, trauma or decay and other underlying causes may make a tooth extraction the only viable solution. At our Charlotte, NC dental office, we offer professional tooth extraction services to our patients.
WHY MIGHT I NEED TO GET A TOOTH EXTRACTED?
There are several reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted, including the following:
- Severe tooth trauma or damage, such as from an accident or decay
- Misaligned, non-functioning, or essentially useless teeth
- Orthodontic treatment may require the removal of a tooth to make space for proper alignment
- Chemotherapy and radiation may require the removal of teeth to avoid possible complications
- With a pending organ transplant, all possibly infected teeth should be removed, so as to not cause failure of the transplanted organ
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
The tooth extraction process is a relatively straightforward and painless procedure. Before pulling a tooth, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. The tooth is then loosened with a dental instrument called an elevator. Forceps are then used to pull the tooth from its socket. Once the tooth has been successfully removed, a blood clot will generally form in the socket to stop the bleeding.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL RECOVERY PERIOD LIKE?
After a tooth extraction, you’ll be provided with instructions on how to properly care for your mouth to prevent an infection and other complications. Patients should avoid doing anything that could prevent normal healing, such as smoking. You can expect to feel some discomfort, which should gradually diminish in the days after the procedure. For the first few days following the procedure, rinse your mouth out gently. Any swelling can be treated with a cold cloth or ice pack.
Tooth extractions can be beneficial under the right circumstances. For more information about tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment with our Charlotte Surgical Dentist today.