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Tooth Extractions in Columbus, GA

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At Southeastern Dental, we do everything possible to prevent the need for tooth extractions, but sometimes a tooth is badly damaged and can not be saved. Our dentists are highly skilled in performing tooth extractions. Our staff will ensure you receive high-quality dental care and that you’re comfortable before, during, and after your tooth extraction.

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Types of Tooth Extractions

There are two common types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical.

Simple Extractions

A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth.

Simple extractions are typically performed when a tooth is severely damaged either by decay or a fracture, overcrowding of the teeth or to prepare for dental appliances like dentures or braces.

Surgical Extractions

A surgical extraction is performed on teeth that cannot be seen in the mouth or are difficult to access. This type of extraction may require cutting the gum tissue or removal of bone and is sometimes performed by oral surgeons.

Surgical extractions, like wisdom teeth, are generally performed when permanent teeth are impacted. Impacted means the tooth has not erupted through the gum line or has only partially erupted. The affected tooth or teeth may need to be removed because they are causing severe pain, have become infected, or prevent surrounding teeth from erupting.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

Teeth may be extracted for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons include:

  • Crowding: When there is not enough room in the mouth for all teeth, some may need to be removed to make space.
  • Impacted teeth: Teeth that do not erupt into the mouth or only partially erupt may need to be removed.
  • Orthodontic treatment: In some cases, teeth may need to be removed to create space for other teeth to move into place.
  • Oral Health: Natural teeth that are too damaged from severe decay may need to be removed.
  • Infection: Infection in the tooth can damage the tissue and bone around the tooth. Sometimes, the only way to save the surrounding tissue and bone is to remove the tooth.
  • Gum disease: Gum disease can damage the bone around the teeth. In some cases, teeth may need to be removed because of this damage.

We will determine if a tooth needs to be extracted during your regular dental or emergency visit by performing an oral examination. The oral examination will include a visual inspection of the mouth and teeth and digital x-rays to check for decay or other problems.

What to Expect During Your Dental Extraction Appointment

Once it is determined that a tooth needs to be extracted and what tooth extraction technique our dentist will use, we can schedule you for an extraction appointment.

Understanding what to expect during and after tooth extraction can help reduce dental anxiety and ensure a smooth recovery.

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Simple Procedure

For simple tooth extraction, we will start by numbing the extraction site with either a local anesthetic or sedative. Next, the dentist will loosen the tooth with an elevator instrument. Once the tooth is loose, forceps are used to remove the tooth.

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Surgical Procedure

Just like with simple extractions, the first step in a surgical tooth extraction is to numb the area around the tooth. In some cases, this can be done with local anesthesia or a sedative, but others may require general anesthesia for dental work.

Next, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone and tooth. The bone around the tooth may need to be removed with a drill before forceps can be used to remove the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in sections.

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Post Tooth Extraction

Once the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot will form in the tooth socket to begin the healing process. This blood clot must not be disturbed as it can lead to complications like a dry socket.

You will need to avoid hot liquids, eat soft foods, and limit physical activity for a few days to reduce bleeding and promote healing.

Schedule Your Tooth Extraction in Columbus, GA Today

Our dental professionals at Southeastern Dental in Columbus, GA, can help if you need a tooth extraction. So give us a call to schedule a tooth extraction appointment today! We will work with you to ensure you are comfortable and well-informed throughout the process.