There are some situations that require teeth to be removed. While our dental team at Envision Dental focuses on saving teeth with general dentistry whenever possible, there are times when a tooth extraction is needed. No one wants to have a tooth pulled, but there is no reason it needs to be stressful or painful. Our compassionate dental professionals can provide a stress-free experience for tooth extractions at our dental center in Marietta, GA.
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but it is rare that an elderly person has all their teeth. Injuries, tooth decay, gum disease and many other factors can contribute to tooth loss. When a tooth is no longer viable or healthy, it may be in the best interest of your health to have it removed. Whatever the reason a tooth extraction is needed, it can be performed safely and painlessly at our dental practice.
What to Expect Before and After Tooth Removal
Tooth extractions can usually be performed in a quick and pain-free procedure. First, we will take x-rays or images of the tooth roots to ensure there are no twisted roots or complications that need to be addressed during removal. The tooth and surrounding area are numbed with local anesthesia before we begin the extraction. Teeth have between one and four roots – teeth with fewer roots come out easier, but most can be worked loose in just 10-15 minutes. Patients should not feel any pain, but there is a sensation of pressure as the tooth is removed.
After the tooth is extracted, the gum will be packed with gauze to help stop the bleeding. In a few hours, the extraction site should form a clot that stops the bleeding and begins the healing process. Our team will explain how to care for the area to promote quicker healing by keeping the clot intact.
Tooth extractions can be performed in a quick and painless visit. For patients who have anxiety or fear of tooth removal, Envision Dental offers sedation dentistry options. To schedule an appointment, contact us at our dental practice in Marietta.