Tooth Extractions – Spring Hill, TN
Getting Rid of Painful, Problematic Teeth
Making sure you can preserve as many of your natural pearly whites as possible is one of our top priorities. But in some cases, it’s essential to remove a painful or troublesome tooth to protect your dental and overall health. At Family Dental Associates of Spring Hill, our team may recommend tooth extractions as a last resort if one that is decayed or damaged poses a threat to the rest of your pearly whites. Read on to learn what to expect and how you can benefit from this emergency dental treatment , or give us a call if you need to make an appointment today!
Why Choose Family Dental Associates of Spring Hill for Tooth Extractions?
- Offers Same-Day Appointments For Emergency Patients
- Accepts Dental Insurance & Offers Alternative Financing
- Professional, Experienced, & Dedicated Dental Team
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
While we’ll want to save or preserve your teeth with treatments such as dental crowns and root canal therapy, some cases may require an extraction to protect your dental and overall well-being. It can be beneficial to your long-term health and quality of life if we pull out a tooth due to:
- Severe or irreparable decay or damage.
- Advanced periodontal disease or jawbone loss.
- Serious infection in the tooth.
- Overcrowded teeth that’s preventing orthodontic treatment.
- A baby tooth that’s not coming out by itself.
- Wisdom teeth that will gradually erupt in a harmful or uncomfortable manner.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
There are typically two methods to extract a tooth. If the one that needs to be removed is already erupted from underneath the gum line, then we’ll likely be able to perform a non-surgical procedure. This will involve numbing the area of your mouth with local anesthetics to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. We’ll then grab hold of the tooth with specially designed dental forceps, and shift it back and forth until it naturally detaches from the connective tissues.
However, if the troublesome tooth has not erupted or is impacted, then we may need to surgically extract it. Our team will make a small incision in your gums so that we can access more of the lower portion to remove it. Before we decide which option to take, you’ll need to visit us for a consultation. That way we can assess your situation, take X-rays, and determine the most efficient method to extract your tooth.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Once we’ve completed your treatment, our team will provide you with specific post-op instructions to ensure your recovery time goes smoothly. Here are several things you should practice while healing after your tooth extraction:
- Take your prescribed pain medication as directed, especially before the numbness from your procedure has fully worn off.
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your mouth.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, spicy, sour, or sticky foods.
- Brush gently and carefully around your surgical site.
Should you notice any discomfort that persists or is getting worse after your tooth extraction, make sure to contact us right away for help!