If you have severely decayed teeth, they may need to be removed. Root canals can be done to try to remove infection and clean out teeth, but if teeth are too damaged for this treatment, extraction is necessary. Dr. Reece provides tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal in Charlotte, NC. This procedure is not only an option for decayed teeth, but can also treat damaged teeth, crowded teeth, and misaligned teeth.
When is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
A tooth extraction can be needed for a variety of reasons. If you have a tooth that’s too cracked or damaged for traditional restorative treatments, like dental crowns, the tooth may have to be fully removed. This is also true in the case of teeth that are so decayed that they aren’t suitable for other restorations.
Crowded teeth may also need to be extracted. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and may also be painful and contribute to issues that come with misaligned teeth. Extracting a tooth can open up your smile.
Lastly, wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure for young adults in their late teens and early twenties. The size of our mouths isn’t often able to account for this extra set of molars. Your dentist will monitor them at your bi-annual checkups and determine if the removal of your wisdom teeth will be necessary.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
There are multiple frequently asked questions that patients have about this general dental procedure. Learn the answers to them below:
Is the tooth extraction procedure painful?
Anesthesia is used during the procedure, so you may feel some numbness. However, if you are experiencing excessive pain or bleeding for several days following your tooth extraction, contact our office as soon as possible. This is an abnormal reaction and must be treated immediately.
How soon can I eat after the procedure?
You can remove the gauze to eat about one hour after surgery. Make sure you eat soft foods and avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours following the procedure. You should also avoid hot food and drinks for several hours.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Two to three weeks following the procedure, bone and gum tissue will regenerate. You will then need to restore the extracted tooth or teeth to prevent teeth from shifting and overcrowding. Overcrowding can make it difficult to clean between teeth and can cause more problems like tooth decay.
What are my restorative options following an extraction?
Dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures are great restorative options for replacing missing teeth. For a stable and long-lasting restoration, dental implants that are capped with dental crowns are an effective solution. Patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth can benefit from dental bridges which can be removable or secured with dental implants. Dentures can replace whole arches of teeth and can also be removable or implant-secured.
Do I need wisdom teeth removal?
Yes, consider wisdom teeth removal as a necessary procedure when your wisdom teeth are causing you pain. Some people can live with their wisdom teeth in tact, but this is a very small portion of the population. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing pain right now, they are creating unseen problems for your future dental health.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Today
If you need a tooth or teeth extracted, call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704-486-8911 or request a consultation online. Dr. Greg Reece and his professional staff will make sure that the tooth extraction procedure is as comfortable as possible.