Tooth Extractions at Today’s Dentistry
Dr. Pamela Cain offers tooth extractions for severely damaged teeth. Although considered a treatment option of last resort, a tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to maintain great long-term dental health. If your tooth is severely decayed, damaged or contributing to overcrowding, Dr. Cain may recommend a tooth extraction. We will address your dental concerns and restore your smile to a healthy and functional one. Sometimes a tooth can be saved. Do not decide that you need an extraction before consulting with a dentist first. We do our best to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. We will conduct a thorough dental exam to determine the best course for your smile. If we determine that you do not need tooth removal, we will give you options to relieve pain and save your tooth.
If we determine that your tooth is beyond saving, Dr. Pamela Cain will coordinate your care with her local surgical partner, Dr. Robert Cain: a periodontist in our Knoxville dentist office. We will coordinate treatment for the best possible results. She will work with you to create a plan of treatment to replace your lost tooth if necessary. Options for replacing teeth include dental implants, dentures, or implant-supported dental bridge.
Tooth Extraction Process: What to Expect
In most cases, a tooth extraction is actually a quick procedure. With the aid of a local anesthetic or sedation dentistry, it is almost always pain-free. The pain is from the infection and damage, not the procedure itself. We manage your pain with anesthetic during your procedure. We can also offer oral conscious sedation for those with dental anxiety.
The first part of the process is a consultation to evaluate the affected area. We will conduct digital diagnostics, which include digital x-rays, to see if there is anything we should lookout for before treatment. If all looks good, we will begin the tooth removal procedure by numbing the area to be treated with a local anesthetic. You will be completely numbed to ensure that you feel relaxed and experience no pain before beginning the extraction process.
Then, the periodontist or oral surgeon will take over. He will gently move the tooth back and forth in the socket with a special tool. This enables the tooth to gradually become separated from its ligament, and slowly be pulled out of the socket. That’s it! Your pain should almost instantly go away.
You will be given after care instructions by our oral surgeon to help the socket and adjacent area heal properly and reduce the risk of infection. You can expect your socket to fully heal in 7 to 10 days.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Today’s Dentistry also provides patients with wisdom tooth removal services. Wisdom teeth should be removed if they are pushing on other teeth, create infection, are impacted, or give you pain when you chew. Younger patients benefit from this service to prevent the symptoms mentioned from happening down the road. Schedule a consultation online today, or give Dr. Cain a call at (865) 219-3622. We look forward to helping you alleviate tooth pain quickly and effectively.