As dentists, we will do everything possible to preserve your teeth and keep them healthy. We adhere to a philosophy known as minimally invasive dentistry, which means we will always use the least invasive procedure when managing your oral health.
If you have a severe toothache or problem teeth standing in the way of your oral health, call our team at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry today to start the process toward a healthier smile.
How Do I Know If I Need a Tooth Extracted?
No two smiles are exactly the same. There are many reasons that a tooth extraction might be necessary including:
Infection | In cases of severe infection, a tooth extraction might be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding areas.
Late Stage Baby Teeth | Teeth usually come out on their own in order for the tooth fairy to visit, but sometimes they don’t. In cases like these, we will extract your child’s tooth in order to make room for their permanent tooth and facilitate the healthy growth of their smile.
Severe Decay | If you have not visited the dentist for years and you’ve had a cavity in that time, it can progress to a point where the decay has compromised the innermost portions of your tooth. At this point, a root canal procedure might not be able to fix the damage. It often takes a considerable amount of time for decay to reach a level where extraction is required.
Crowding | The shape and size of everyone’s mouth is different. Teeth require adequate space in order to properly chew and bite. If a tooth overlaps another, it makes your smile more prone to cavities and infection. Overcrowding can also be painful and move your surrounding teeth out of position.
Irreparable Damage | A tooth can be so badly cracked or damaged that there is not enough structure to place a crown. If we can’t take any steps to protect your teeth, an extraction might be necessary.
The purpose of a tooth extraction is to prevent the spread of infection and other oral health problems to the rest of your smile. At Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry, we’ll do all we can to save your tooth first, and this procedure is performed as a last resort when we have exhausted all other options.
We will only perform a tooth extraction if we determine that it is absolutely necessary. If you have been experiencing tooth pain, make sure to schedule an appointment.
When you visit our office, there are a few things you need to know about the tooth extraction procedure to help prepare you.
Examination: Tooth extractions are based on an informed decision after reviewing all available evidence. We will review your medical and dental history and take x-rays of your smile to determine the extent of the decay or infection, the position of your tooth, and the size of your bone. If this information helps us determine that an extraction is necessary, we will schedule an appointment for the procedure.
Procedure Prep: Before your extraction begins, we will numb your mouth and provide dental sedation to make you as relaxed and comfortable as possible for your extraction.
Tooth Removal: We will loosen your tooth and gently remove it.
Cleaning the Area: After your tooth is extracted, we will have you bite down on a piece of dry, sterile gauze. You will want to keep the gauze in place so that your gums can begin to clot.
Aftercare Education: We will provide you with aftercare instructions for when you leave our office. Make sure to follow these instructions so your smile can heal properly.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After your tooth extraction, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that your mouth heals properly. Make sure to get adequate rest, eat soft foods, and brush and floss regularly. Avoid strenuous exercise immediately following your extraction.
How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?
It will usually take several days to completely heal from a tooth extraction. Follow the instructions that we provide to ensure a proper recovery.
Does My Tooth Extraction Need A Bone Graft?
Not every tooth extraction requires a bone graft. We will take x-rays and examine your mouth to determine if a bone graft is right for your smile. If you have questions about a bone graft, give our office a call to schedule a consultation.
Benefits of Bone Grafts
Your teeth play an important part in keeping your jawbone and facial structure sturdy and healthy. A bone graft helps us stabilize your jaw, prevent further bone loss in the surrounding area, and prepare you for a dental implant.
Schedule Your Appointment in Suwanee Today
You can trust your dental care to our excellent team at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry. We will only extract your tooth if we determine that it is absolutely necessary, and we will do the procedure with the utmost care when needed.
Call our office in Suwanee, GA, to schedule an appointment.