Tooth Extractions – Rock Hill, SC
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
It’s always better to preserve your natural teeth with restorative dentistry whenever possible, but sometimes an extraction is the only way to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Drs. Coombs, Ross, and Sourlis will make sure the extraction procedure is performed in a gentle, compassionate manner. If you’re suffering from a severe toothache or another condition that might mean a need for tooth extractions in our Rock Hill, SC dental office, contact our dental office today.
Why Choose Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?
- Various Kinds of Sedation Dentistry Available
- Two Experienced, Compassionate Dentists
- Remove Badly Decayed or Injured Teeth
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction can be performed for various reasons. It’s commonly done when there is a tooth that has experienced advanced decay and can’t be repaired; at that point, it needs to be removed so that the infection doesn’t spread. Similarly, removal is necessary when the tooth has been physically injured to the point where a crown can’t save it.
Sometimes, if there’s not enough room in the mouth, an extraction is needed to prepare for an orthodontic treatment. Also, if your child has had their baby teeth for too long, an extraction can make room for the adult teeth.
Different Types of Tooth Extractions
Typically, if there’s only one affected tooth that’s easily accessible, a simple extraction can be performed with forceps and a device called an elevator. That said, there are a few other forms of this procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth usually need to be extracted because there’s not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt, causing them to become painfully stuck in the jawbone. These third molars can be removed if they pose a threat to your oral health; you might also choose extraction as a precautionary measure. This procedure requires us to make small incisions in your gums, and we might need to break the wisdom teeth into pieces before removing them; we will use an appropriate form of sedation so that you remain relaxed during this process.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
If you need to get multiple teeth removed at once, we can help walk you through the procedure. We will also help you start planning ahead for replacing your teeth with dental implants, dentures, or another restoration.
Tooth Extraction Site Preservation
Dental implants are generally considered the best solution for missing teeth since they can replace the tooth’s root structure. Unfortunately, since tooth loss usually leads to jawbone deterioration, your jaw may not be able to support the implant posts once they’re ready to be placed. It’s possible to avoid this issue with extraction site preservation; this involves the placement of grafting material to keep the bone around the missing teeth strong and thick enough to receive dental implants later.
We will give you post-operative care instructions to follow after the procedure. This may involve:
- Biting down gently on a piece of gauze to reduce bleeding
- Setting aside a couple of days or more to rest
- Using painkillers and ice to mitigate discomfort and swelling
- Eating soft foods without chewing with the side of the mouth where the extraction is performed