Gentle Tooth Extraction Can Alleviate Discomfort and Prevent Serious Dental Crowding
When a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, Dr. Cheryl Cushman can perform a tooth extraction at her Lithia Springs, GA, practice. Extraction may also be appropriate if you have wisdom teeth or other molars that are causing significant crowding. At Atlanta West Periodontics and Dental Implants, we work carefully and conservatively, and also offer a variety of sedation options. With Dr. Cushman’s expertise and gentle touch, your procedure and recovery should involve very little discomfort. Additionally, as an expert in dental implants, Dr. Cushman can provide lifelike, permanent restorations to repair your smile after extraction. Prior to your procedure, she will create a comprehensive treatment plan, and she will walk you through every step of the process.
Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Cushman is conservative and will never recommend extraction unless it is absolutely necessary. For example, in many cases, she can place dental crowns to repair damaged teeth. However, in some situations, extraction might be the only feasible option to renew your oral health. Dr. Cushman may recommend tooth removal in situations involving:
- Severe decay that has destroyed most of your tooth, and there is not enough tissue to support a crown
- Dental infection, and root canal therapy has not been effective
- Infection but another health condition makes root canal therapy inadvisable
- Loose teeth due to gum disease
- An impacted tooth, meaning it cannot break through the bone or gum tissue fully
- Severe crowding, and extraction would create more room for the rest of your teeth
- Incoming wisdom teeth that do not have sufficient room in the jaw
What to Expect during a Dental Extraction
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Cushman will thoroughly examine your tooth, gums, and jawbone. She may also take x-rays or use other imaging scans. In this way, she can see exactly how your tooth is positioned in your mouth which will help her decide the most effective way to remove it with minimal impact to the surrounding structures. Once you are ready to begin the procedure, she will numb your tooth and the nearby tissue. If you are particularly nervous, she can supply sedation in the form of nitrous oxide or an oral medication. She may also recommend sedation if you are having multiple teeth removed, or if you require surgical removal.
After extraction, Dr. Cushman will restore your smile as quickly as possible. In fact, in some cases, she can place dental implants on the same day as your tooth is removed.
In the case of a simple extraction, Dr. Cushman will simply move the tooth back and forth to loosen it in the socket. If you have an impacted tooth, or it is coming in at an angle, you will require a surgical extraction. In these cases, Dr. Cushman may need to remove a layer of bone or gum tissue to expose the impacted tooth. In other situations, she may have to take out the tooth in several pieces, which will reduce the effects on your jaw. Fortunately, even with these more complex procedures, you should feel nothing more than a very slight sense of pressure during treatment.
Aftercare and Healing
After your extraction, you will likely experience some minor irritation, swelling, and bleeding. Dr. Cushman will typically recommend anti-inflammatories or a mild pain medication, along with a soft diet, to reduce discomfort. By following our instructions, side effects should subside within a few days.
After the procedure, Dr. Cushman will restore your smile as quickly as possible. In fact, in some cases, she can place dental implants on the same day as your extraction. However, in other instances, she may need to perform a bone graft before she can supply your dental restoration. Whatever your specific treatment plan, your extraction and subsequent restorative care can have tremendous benefits. If you suffer from a toothache, the treatment can provide immediate relief. Over time, extraction can also prevent crowding, infection, and an increased risk for dental decay.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have symptoms indicating an infection or problematic wisdom teeth, contact Dr. Cushman’s office. During an examination, we can quickly find out if extraction may be right for you or your child.