Tooth Extraction In Atlanta

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Tooth Extraction – Protect Your Oral Health

Atlanta Smiles has extensive experience helping our patients preserve and repair their original teeth. Whenever possible, we look for dental solutions that avoid tooth extraction, like dental fillings, root canals, or another effective treatment.

However, certain situations require tooth extraction. These unique or severe circumstances require extreme action to protect your oral health. In these cases, we discuss in detail your options and the reasons to choose tooth extraction.

Dentist holding a tooth after extraction

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where the dentist removes a tooth from the tooth socket. Typically, tooth extraction only occurs when a tooth is non-restorable.

Most tooth extractions include a simple process where the dentist quickly removes the tooth using local anesthesia. However, more complex cases involving a broken or impacted tooth may require more complex action.

At Atlanta Smiles, we have experience with all types of tooth extractions. As a result, we understand the best process to use regardless of the circumstances. In addition, we develop a customized treatment plan for each patient with each dental procedure.

What is Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where the dentist removes a tooth from the tooth socket. Typically, tooth extraction only occurs when a tooth is non-restorable.

Most tooth extractions include a simple process where the dentist quickly removes the tooth using local anesthesia. However, more complex cases involving a broken or impacted tooth may require more complex action.

At Atlanta Smiles, we have experience with all types of tooth extractions. As a result, we understand the best process to use regardless of the circumstances. In addition, we develop a customized treatment plan for each patient with each dental procedure.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

We evaluate all the treatment options before we recommend a tooth extraction. Yet, removing the tooth provides the best solution for your oral health and aesthetic outcome in some cases.

Overcrowding

Overcrowded teeth do not comfortably fit into the available space of the mouth. As a result, overcrowding impacts the integrity of the bite, which can lead to pain and discomfort over time. Overcrowding can also cause an abnormal bite, injury to the jaw or mouth, headaches, and an increased risk of gum disease.

The two main reasons for tooth extraction due to overcrowding include preparing the mouth for braces and wisdom teeth removal. In both cases, we consider the long-term impact on your smile.

Removing teeth allows more room in the mouth for the teeth to straighten with the use of braces. In addition, dentists commonly recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth due to overcrowding.

Infection

When a tooth becomes severely infected, meaning the infection has moved into the pulp of the tooth, the risk of the disease spreading into the bloodstream increases. To avoid this risk and heal the infection, we typically recommend a root canal.

Yet, in some extreme and rare cases, an extraction is the only option. Some teeth are simply too damaged to save. You still have options to restore your smile. Dental implants, bridges, or partials offer an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is an infection of the teeths’ tissue and bones. The condition can cause the teeth to become loose, ultimately leading to extraction.

To avoid the need for tooth extraction, seek treatment for gum disease early. If extraction becomes the only option, we offer the same tooth replacement solutions as extraction due to an infection.

Cancer Treatment

In rare cases, patients undergoing cancer treatments require a tooth extraction. For patients heading into chemotherapy or radiation treatment, schedule a dental examination first. These medical procedures can weaken the immune system, and a simple cavity can become a full-blown infection during cancer treatment.

We can extract any infected teeth in advance of your cancer treatments to help you avoid severe infections due to oral health issues. We are here to support you.

What Is the Procedure for a Tooth Extraction?

The process for tooth extraction differs based on the condition of the tooth. A simple extraction is a procedure used for fully erupted or exposed teeth. Surgical extractions apply when the tooth is located partially below the gum line or lies entirely below the gum line.

Simple Extraction
The procedure uses local anesthesia. Then, the dentist uses a dental tool to loosen and pull the desired tooth. Since the procedure is considered low-risk and the anesthetic only impacts the target area, the patient can usually drive themselves home.

Surgical Extraction
A surgical extraction is an invasive procedure that typically requires general anesthesia or nitrous oxide to maximize the patient’s safety and comfort. The dentist makes an incision to expose the tooth and ready it for extraction.

The dentist may also need to remove part of the bone if an oral infection has spread. Because of general anesthesia, we recommend patients do not plan to drive home and instead arrange alternate transportation.

Tooth extraction is a safe and effective way to remove infected, injured, or unwanted teeth. Discuss your medical history with your dentist before booking, as some patients with compromised immune systems or congenital heart defects may need to have antibiotic therapy before having their teeth removed.

What Is the Recovery Like After a Tooth Extraction?

After tooth extraction, the gum area may bleed. However, the blood clot should form quickly. Keep gauze on the area for the time recommended by the dentist, which is usually around 30 minutes. Some patients experience mild bleeding for up to 24 hours after the procedure.

Minor swelling or bruising can occur in some patients. After the anesthesia wears off, patients may experience pain for a few days. Treat pain with over-the-counter pain medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not spit or drink through a straw for five days. This gives the wound time to heal and helps prevent dry sockets. Avoid hard foods that may hurt the healing gums. Follow any other instructions provided by your dentist to ensure proper healing.

Benefits of Tooth Extraction

As dentists, we try to avoid tooth extractions with preventative measures and alternative treatment options. Yet, when a tooth extraction becomes necessary, patients experience specific benefits.

  • Pain relief
  • Lower cost alternative
  • Prevent damage or decay of surrounding teeth
  • Decrease chance of periodontal disease
  • Reduce time in braces
  • Improve oral health and overall health
  • Restore function

What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost for a tooth extraction varies based on the specifics of your treatment plan. For example, the type of anesthesia used or tooth location impacts the price. However, the typical cost for tooth extraction starts at $. 250

In most cases, dental insurance provides partial coverage of the cost of tooth extractions.

Atlanta Smiles Offers Compassionate Dental Care

Atlanta Smiles treats patients throughout the southeast area with experienced and trusted dental care. For over 30 years, we’ve help patients restore oral health with effective dental solutions, like tooth extractions.

We prioritize each patient’s health while also focusing on the aesthetic outcome of each treatment. Our dental experts work to ensure your comfort each step of the way. We are always happy to answer your questions or concerns.

To learn more about tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with Atlanta Smiles.

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