Austell Tooth Extractions
Comprehensive Dental Care
Our highly skilled dentists may determine you need a tooth extraction for several reasons. The most common reasons for a tooth to be pulled are: severe decay, irreparable teeth, and periodontal disease. Other teeth may need removal simply because they are in a poor position, for example, impacted teeth. To avoid these complications, our team will examine all other options and discuss other possibilities with you before deciding to remove the tooth entirely. We understand that the extraction process can be intimidating, so we ensure your comfort is always met.
The Extraction Process
If your tooth has been damaged beyond reasonable repair, extraction will likely become necessary. The first thing we’ll do is use a local anesthetic for numbing. After we numb the tooth, jawbone, and gums surrounding the infected area, it’s normal to feel slight pressure. The anesthetic will numb the nerves, which stops the transference of pain. We’ll widen the socket surrounding the tooth by moving it side to side until the socket is large enough to easily extract the tooth.
After Tooth Extraction
After the tooth has been extracted, we’ll place gauze to prevent bleeding and promote the healing process. It’s normal for bleeding to persist after a few hours following the procedure, so we recommend replacing the gauze in your mouth every half hour until the bleeding has stopped. During the first three days of your recovery, it’s important to follow our recommended maintenance steps to prevent complications.
During the 72 hours following your procedure, do NOT:
- Rinse vigorously
- Smoke tobacco
- Suck on straws
- Brush teeth next to the extraction area
- Intensely exercise
- Drink alcohol
It’s common to feel pain during the days following treatment. For quick relief, place a cold compression to the swelling area, such as an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas. After 24 hours, you should go back to your normal dental routine, but stay cautious and aware of the extracted area. Maintaining oral habits will only speed up the healing process and keep your mouth clean, fresh, and healthy.
If you think you may benefit from a tooth extraction, contact us online or dial (770) 467-3888 today to get in touch with Austell Dental Associates!