A tooth extraction is considered a treatment of necessity or “last resort”, recommended for teeth that are severely decayed, damaged or crowding the bite. Dr. Paulen performs tooth extractions in Sandy Springs, GA.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
As a family dentist, Dr. Paulen will monitor the development of your wisdom teeth during routine visits to Proud Smiles and make recommendations about removal when appropriate. In most cases, wisdom teeth can be removed in the familiar comfort of our Sandy Springs dentist office.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common, and often necessary procedure, performed under local anesthesia. Barring any complications, a tooth can be easily removed in one piece. After surgery, patients can expect varying levels of swelling and discomfort. Dr. Paulen will provide post treatment care instructions to help minimize pain and recovery time.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
When you have tooth pain, it may seem like the best treatment is to have the tooth pulled. In most cases of, however, Dr. Paulen will support the decision to preserve the natural tooth. For teeth with decay, this can be accomplished with root canal therapy. Cracked or broken teeth can often be restored with a dental crown, tooth bonding or dental veneers.
There are situations however, where a tooth extraction is the best choice. In these cases, Dr. Paulen will design a treatment plan to remove the tooth and replace it either with a dental implant, dental bridge or denture. It is important to replace missing teeth quickly to prevent supporting bone from deteriorating and remaining teeth from shifting.
When appropriate to support healing and prevent dry-socket, Dr. Paulen will recommend bone grafting as part of the extraction procedure. Bone grafting will also provide better support and a more natural contour for the successful placement of dental bridge pontics or removable partial dentures.
For patients considering dental implants at a later date, a bone graft performed at the time of the extraction can ensure that there is sufficient bone support for eventual placement. Dr. Paulen will evaluate your oral health and recommend a bone graft if necessary.
The majority of the time, your decayed tooth can be saved with a root canal and dental crown. A dentist will almost always try to save your tooth before extracting it. This is because the natural tooth is the best line of defense against advanced oral health issues versus having no tooth at all.
You are advised to only eat soup or very soft foods during the first couple of days after an extraction. Do not eat hard foods, chewy foods, use straws, or smoke. Doing this can hurt your affected area, and create dry socket. Dry socket is when the blood clot dislodges from your tooth extraction site, causing pain and preventing the site from quickly healing.
The best way to relieve pain from a tooth extraction is to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc. Use only as directed and follow all instructions. Pain should subside after the first day of your tooth extraction.