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What Should You Expect With a Tooth Extraction?

Are you looking to remove one or more permanent teeth? There are many reasons that a tooth might need to be extracted from its roots, including severe damage from tooth decay or trauma. Tooth decay, severe trauma, and bacterial infection can all lead to tooth root removal. Overcrowding may also be a reason for needing orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontia is the process of removing one or more teeth to give your mouth the space it requires for the alignment of your remaining teeth. You may need to have wisdom teeth or other broken teeth extracted because they are difficult or impossible to reach or stuck below the gum line. If you need to have your mouth as healthy as possible, it may be necessary to remove one or more of the bad teeth.

Sedation Dentistry

It is now easier than ever to remove adult teeth. An outpatient appointment can be made by our oral surgeon to extract one or more of your teeth. The use of sedation to numb your area will make you as comfortable as possible. There are many ways to relax and feel comfortable during the extraction.

Tooth Removal

Our surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the problem tooth. Then, he can remove it from the bone. The tooth can be removed in multiple pieces if necessary. After the tooth has been extracted, we will wrap the area in gauze to stop any bleeding. You may need to have stitches that disintegrate naturally if necessary. Many patients are surprised at how fast the procedure can be. The average time it takes to remove a tooth is around 20 minutes, unless there are multiple ones.

Aftercare & Healing

You will need to be able to ride home after your tooth removal. To ease any discomfort, we will give you painkillers. Keep track of your medication so that you feel the best during your recovery. These tips will help you make your healing and recovery smooth.

  • To maximize your comfort and healing, please follow our aftercare instructions.
  • If you have symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting or increased pain, call our team immediately.
  • To reduce swelling and inflammation, use a moist towel or an icepack.
  • Keep your liquid intake to smoothies and juices at first and then add soft foods such as soups, stews and applesauce to the mix until blood clots subside and the area feels tender.
  • No harsh spitting! Warm salt water can be used to gently rinse your mouth to aid in healing sensitive areas.
  • Both alcohol and tobacco should be avoided as they can slow down the healing process.

Questions? Questions? Please call!

An extracted tooth can help restore your oral health, and can keep your gums and teeth in good shape. Tooth removal is easy. During and after the procedure, you will feel comfortable. The extraction site will look as good as new and you’ll be able to smile again with confidence.

Call Piedmont Dental, Dr. Areheart at 803-328-3886