Brookhaven & Chamblee Tooth Extraction
No one likes the idea of having a tooth pulled. As a matter of fact, just the mere mention of it conjures up thoughts of an archaic dental office and a mean, old dentist poised above your mouth with a huge pair of pliers. It’s not a comforting picture!
But at Gentle Smiles Dental, we’re all about the “gentle”. We understand the fears that even a simple extraction can cause, and we do everything in our power to make our patients feel comfortable when the need for an extraction arises.
Why tooth extraction?
While restorative dentistry has come a long way and there are many ways to save teeth that have decayed or been damaged, not every tooth can be saved. When the damage is too extensive, a crown, filling, or other treatment may not be an option. A tooth extraction might be necessary.
Some of the reasons for extractions include the following:
- Baby teeth that don’t fall out in time for adult teeth to come in
- Teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or for which there are no room
- Teeth that need to be removed to make way for braces
- Infected teeth that may cause a health problem (as in people with cancer or other diseases that suppress the immune system)
There are two kinds of tooth extractions:
- Simple extractions are performed by your regular dentist or a specialist and involve the loosening of the tooth by the dentist, who then removes it with forceps.
- Surgical extractions are a little more complicated and are called for when the tooth has broken off at the gum line or if the tooth has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum in order to successfully remove the broken tooth. This technique is also used to remove impacted wisdom teeth.
Preparing for a tooth extraction
Dr. Mixson and her staff at Gentle Smiles Dental begin their consultations with x-rays, which will help determine why and how a tooth (or teeth) will be extracted. Once it is determined that an extraction is necessary, in some cases an antibiotic might be prescribed before the procedure (and sometimes after). This depends on the patient and the preference of the doctor.
Patients should expect to receive some sort of anesthesia for the procedure. For simple extractions, one injection should be ample. Other procedures may involve intravenous anesthesia. Either way, the patient should feel pressure but no pain.
Before or after the procedure, patients receive instruction from Dr. Mixson and her staff on how to care for their mouth, how to avoid complications, and the best way to address pain caused by an extraction. You’ll also learn what signs constitute a problem and when to call or return to the dentist for care.
State-of-the-art technology means extractions by Dr. Shelly Mixson are done as quickly and painlessly as possible. For more information about the procedures available at Gentle Smiles Dental Atlanta, call and speak to a member of our helpful staff.