Where to go for tooth extractions
The idea of tooth extraction may feel scary. We can help! At Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry in Clemmons, NC, our goal is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong so you avoid premature tooth loss. When that is impossible, Dr. Tyler Wynne and his team spend as much time as necessary to help you understand the surgical extraction procedure, your sedation options for comfort, and how the tooth can be replaced after extraction.
How are tooth extractions performed?
Extraction is a treatment of last resort when other restorative options are considered ineffective.
Getting a tooth pulled is a relatively simple procedure typically performed using a local anesthetic. Most patients experience only minor pressure as the tooth is gently moved around and removed. The dentist uses a special tool, applied with a rocking motion to extract the tooth from its socket. This gradually separates the tooth from its ligament so it can be lifted out of the socket with minimal discomfort. The periodontal ligament is also removed from the extraction site after the tooth is removed, so that the bone is better able to heal.
You receive tooth extraction care instructions to ensure that the socket and adjacent area heal properly and without infection. If you experience new or lingering symptoms such as excessive bleeding, throbbing pain, or swelling, genuine concern, and helpful advice are just a phone call away. We provide further instruction on how best to address the problem, and Dr. Wynne will see you as necessary.
Other common questions about tooth extraction
- How does a tooth become infected?
Infection occurs when tooth decay removal is not performed promptly, allowing a cavity to grow until bacteria reaches the inner pulp. Infection can lead to severe discomfort, including pain when chewing, fever, swelling near the tooth, and a foul-tasting discharge. If the tooth is beyond repair, meaning it is too late to perform root canal therapy, Dr. Wynne may suggest removing it.
- What are wisdom teeth?
Third molars are a set of four large back teeth that erupt when a person is in their late teens to early 20s. These additional teeth can lead to misalignment, damage to surrounding teeth, or impaction. A wisdom tooth is impacted when only a portion of it erupts, causing discomfort and a greater risk of infection.
- Do all wisdom teeth require removal?
Dr. Wynne may recommend wisdom teeth removal since these molars are not needed with a modern diet. In some cases, wisdom teeth erupt without complication, and there is enough space to avoid crowding. We examine your mouth using digital films and other advanced diagnostic technology to decide whether extraction is appropriate.
- Can teeth that have been extracted be replaced?
Absolutely! A tooth removed due to damage or infection can be replaced with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture. If you are searching for safe tooth extractions, call (336) 793-0577 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tyler Wynne at Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry in Clemmons, NC.