Fayette Dental Group
Dentist located in Fayetteville, Ga now seeing patients from Tyrone, Hampton, Senoia, Peachtree City, Ga & the surrounding Fayette County
Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For safe and expert extractions, trust Charley Cheney, DMD, and his team at Fayette Dental Group in Fayetteville, Georgia. When a tooth needs to be removed, you can head their way. Schedule a consultation online or call the office directly.
Extractions Q & A
Why would I need an extraction?
Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For example, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Illness, decay, and trauma can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Other reasons for extractions include:
- Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Severe periodontal (gum) disease
- Extra or crowded teeth
- No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)
What is the procedure for extraction?
There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are reserved for teeth that can be seen above the gum line. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. To perform a surgical extraction, Dr. Cheney will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.
Dr. Cheney gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, he may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.
How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?
Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, the beginning healing stage takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.
Because everyone's circumstances are different, contact Fayette Dental Group to schedule a consultation to explore your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
Make an appointment online or call Fayette Dental Group today.