Tooth Extractions for Midtown Atlanta, GA Patients
Dr. Terrance L. Jeter & Associates may perform tooth extractions for a variety of reasons. Teeth that are impacted, broken, or have suffered severe decay may all require removal. The position and condition of your tooth may also decide how we extract it. Rest assured that our dental offices in Decatur and Midtown Atlanta, GA only remove teeth when it’s necessary for the oral health and welfare of a patient. When you have a tooth that’s damaged beyond saving with other means of dental care, let our caring team provide service while keeping you as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
The Process for Simple & Surgical Extractions
When you need a tooth extracted, it can be either a simple or surgical extraction. When a tooth has fully erupted from the gums, there’s no need for extensive treatment to remove it. Teeth that haven’t erupted or are impacted, such as wisdom teeth, are difficult to remove and require surgical extraction. The general process for tooth extraction is as follows:
- We start the procedure by using an anesthetic to numb your mouth, including your gums, teeth, and jaw. This prevents you from feeling anything as we perform the extraction.
- The dentist then removes your tooth from the bone socket using dental surgery instruments. We take great care to preserve the condition of any surrounding teeth and tissues.
- Sometimes, it’s better for your oral health if we section a tooth and remove the portions. This helps to protect the welfare of the rest of your mouth.
- After we’ve completed the extraction, the dentist will suture the affected area and give you instructions on how to properly care for your extraction site for the next couple of weeks.
- Over that time, new gum and bone tissue will start to grow in the area. However, when you’re missing a tooth, your surrounding teeth may shift out of position, which affects your bite. We’ll discuss suitable options to replace your extracted tooth after the healing process is complete.
Recovery After the Procedure
As you recover from tooth extraction, we recommend that you use over-the-counter pain medication to treat any pain or soreness. If the tooth we extracted had an infection or abscess, we might prescribe an antibiotic to eliminate any traces of the infection. Don’t spit, smoke, or drink through a straw during the healing process to avoid dislodging the clot and developing dry socket. Contact us immediately if you experience uncontrolled bleeding, severe pain, or other problems after your extraction. Dr. Terrance L. Jeter & Associates is here to help you recover.