Dental Extractions in Suwanee
What Are Extractions?
Extraction involves completely removing a tooth from your mouth. A tooth may need to be extracted if it is too decayed or damaged to be restored. If a primary (baby) tooth is extracted before it is ready to be naturally shed, a space maintainer may need to be used to hold the place for the permanent tooth to come in. If a permanent tooth is extracted, it should be replaced with a bridge or dental implant to keep the rest of the teeth in proper alignment.
Benefits of Extractions
Having a tooth extracted can actually have a positive effect on your dental health. Benefits include:
- Relieve pain. A tooth that is severely decayed, damaged, or infected can be extremely painful. Extracting the tooth eliminates the source of the pain, including the nerves inside the tooth.
- Prevent infection. A tooth that is too damaged to be saved is at a high risk of infection. Bacteria can enter the tooth through a deep cavity or a large break and infect the dental pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth. It is best to have the tooth extracted before it can develop an infection.
- Save your other teeth. A severely decayed tooth can cause the neighboring teeth to decay as well. The plaque bacteria spreads from one tooth to another, eating away at the enamel until it is removed.
- Make room for crowded teeth. Healthy teeth are sometimes extracted for orthodontic purposes, such as extreme crowding due to a small mouth. Removing one or more teeth can create more space for the remaining teeth to be properly aligned.
Are You a Good Candidate for Extractions?
We may recommend that you have a tooth extracted if it can’t be restored. This means that the decay is too extensive for a filling or crown. If there isn’t enough tooth structure left to save the tooth, you may be a good candidate for an extraction. You may also need to have multiple or all of your teeth extracted in preparation for dentures. Dental implants, bridges, and dentures are all possible replacements for teeth that have been extracted. The sooner you replace the extracted tooth the better for your oral health.
Why Choose Suwanee Family Dentistry?
We make tooth extraction a quick and easy process. Most extractions can be done with local anesthesia, but we offer sedation options as well if needed. Sedation provides relaxation assistance for patients who are anxious or fearful of dental procedures. Suwanee Family Dentistry takes a modern approach to dentistry, using state of the art technology and current best practices to provide the highest quality dental care possible. Our doctors are all highly qualified in the field of dentistry with additional certifications and specializations. We provide a full range of dental services for patients of all ages.
Frequently Asked Questions About Extractions
Do extractions hurt?
Local anesthesia is used to ensure patients feel no pain during the extraction process. We also provide sedation for patients who are anxious or nervous. Children who are fearful or may have difficulty sitting still for the duration of the procedure may also benefit from sedation. Any discomfort you may experience afterwards should be easily managed with over the counter pain medication.
How long does a tooth extraction take?
Getting one tooth pulled will usually take less than an hour. The more teeth that need to be extracted, the longer the procedure will take. We can provide you with a more accurate time estimate based on your individual situation.
What follow up care will I need?
We recommend eating soft foods for the first 24-48 hours following tooth extraction. You should also avoid drinking from a straw, because it could lead to a condition called dry socket. Avoid hot, spicy, or carbonated food and drinks. For more information, read instructions following dental extractions.