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Tooth Extractions Sandy Springs, GA

Tooth Extractions An Overview

While we may do our best to take care of our teeth by brushing and flossing, eventually most of us will need to see a dentist for a cleaning, or – worst case scenario – an extraction. A tooth extraction, also known as exodontia, is a surgical procedure to remove a tooth or teeth from the mouth.

Extractions are done when a tooth has become so decayed or damaged that we can no longer save it. In some cases, the tooth may be painfully infected and we must remove it immediately. In other cases, we can save the tooth with root canal therapy.

When should I get my tooth extracted?

A tooth extraction may be necessary when a tooth is damaged beyond repair, infection or abscesses surrounding the tooth cannot be cleared with antibiotics, or when teeth are poorly positioned and crowding other teeth. We may extract an impacted tooth as well. This is likely to happen in wisdom teeth cases.

Proud Smiles considers a tooth extraction a treatment of necessity or “last resort”. We recommend it for teeth that are severely decayed, damaged or crowding the bite.

Dr. Paulen performs tooth extractions in Sandy Springs, GA. However, we may recommend oral surgery by a specialist if you need more extensive work done. After tooth extraction, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions we provide to ensure proper healing.

Wisdom Tooth Removal at Proud Smiles

As a family dentist, Dr. Paulen will monitor the development of your wisdom teeth during routine visits to Proud Smiles. She will make recommendations about removal when appropriate. In most cases, we can remove wisdom teeth 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 Extraction FAQs

Is it better to get a tooth extracted or a root canal?

The majority of the time, we can save your decayed tooth 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.

When can I eat normally after tooth extraction?

Dentists recommend only eating 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 extraction site. This causes notable pain and prevents the site from quickly healing.

What is the best pain relief after tooth extraction?

The best way to relieve pain from a tooth extraction is to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, etc. Use only as directed and follow all instructions. Pain should subside after the first day of your tooth extraction.

Tooth Extractions What to Expect

When you have tooth pain, it may seem like the best treatment is to have the tooth pulled. However, Dr. Paulen will support the decision to preserve the natural tooth in most cases. For teeth with decay, we can accomplish this with a relatively painless root canal procedure at our dental practice. We often restore cracked or broken teeth with a dental crown, tooth bonding, or porcelain veneers.

There are situations where a tooth extraction is the best choice. In these cases, Dr. Paulen will design a treatment plan to remove the tooth. She will also offer options to replace it with either a dental implant, dental bridge, or denture treatment. It is important to replace missing teeth quickly to prevent the supporting bone from deteriorating, and remaining teeth from shifting.

Jaw Bone Grafting for Dental Restorations

Jaw bone grafting procedures have become more common due to the increasing popularity of dental implants. A jaw bone graft is a surgical procedure that is used to repair or replace bone in the jaw. We can preform this surgery for a number of reasons, including to prepare the jaw for dental implants and other restorations.

When appropriate, Dr. Paulen will recommend bone grafting as part of the extraction procedure for patients with insufficient jaw bone structure. This procedure will also support healing and prevent dry-socket. It provides 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.