Tooth Extraction: When Other Options Have Failed
Extracting a tooth can correct issues caused by a damaged tooth, crowded teeth, or other concerns affecting your health. Dr. Brett Hester is exceptionally skilled in performing tooth extractions in a way that keeps patients comfortable throughout the procedure. Our dental team in Valdosta, GA, will provide detailed aftercare instructions to reduce your risk of complications and ensure a smooth recovery.
When Does Tooth Extraction Become Necessary?
Not all extractions are the result of damage or decay. In many cases, extractions are performed to reduce crowding in preparation for braces or remove a primary tooth to make way for an incoming permanent tooth. Wisdom teeth are also commonly removed to eliminate pain and reduce the risk of other complications.
Leaving a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth in place can have serious repercussions, both for your oral and overall health.
Generally, Dr. Hester prefers not to remove permanent teeth unless there are no other options. It is far better for your oral health to leave your permanent teeth in place and treat them with a filling, crown, or root canal therapy whenever possible. If root canal therapy has failed, however, or if a tooth is too decayed or infected, extraction is necessary to prevent further problems.
Are There Risks Involved with Leaving the Tooth in Place?
Leaving a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth in place can have serious repercussions, both for your oral and overall health. Not only can this lead to more pain, but the infection could spread to your other teeth. It is also possible that it could enter the bloodstream, posing other health risks. Removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental bridge is a far better option, as this can eliminate the infection and pain while protecting your other teeth.
What Will Happen during the Procedure?
Dr. Hester’s advanced skills and use of anesthetics and sedation ensure patients are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. After numbing the tooth and the surrounding gums, Dr. Hester can administer nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” This sedation helps keep you relaxed while the anesthetic works to numb any potential pain.
He will then move the tooth back and forth gently to loosen it from the socket. After loosening the tooth, he can remove it with forceps. To encourage a clot to form in the empty socket, you will bite down on some gauze. The nitrous oxide wears off in minutes, and you can return home soon after.
Will I Need to Take Time off Work?
Most patients need at least a couple days off of work following a tooth extraction. You should take this time to rest, icing the area as needed to minimize pain and swelling. Dr. Hester can also prescribe pain medication. For the first 24 to 48 hours, you should avoid any strenuous activities and drinking through a straw. You should maintain a diet of soft foods for several days while you heal.
Contact Us Today for an Appointment
If you have crowded teeth or an infected or badly decayed tooth, Dr. Hester can determine if you require extraction. Contact our office online or call (229) 247-3400 to schedule a consultation.
“Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults alike by offering the highest-quality dental care in a friendly, relaxed, and caring atmosphere.” - Dr. Hester