Tooth Extraction Peachtree Corners GA
The extraction of a tooth is a dental procedure that involves completely removing your tooth from its socket.
Dental extractions are a very common procedure completed by either our dentist, Dr. Clint Baugham, or an oral surgeon, for more severe conditions.
There are many reasons why a person may have a dental extraction including tooth decay, injury, and routine wisdom tooth extraction. We provide dental extraction as well as numerous restorative procedures at Southern Family Dental Care in Peachtree Corners, GA.
What Are the Types of Extractions?
There are two main categories of dental extraction: simple and surgical.
Simple Tooth Extraction
During a simple tooth extraction, you will be administered a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around your teeth so that you do not feel any discomfort. Dr. Clint Baugham will loosen the tooth and then extract it with forceps after using an elevator.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
In most cases, you will receive local and intravenous anesthetics. The need for general anesthesia may depend on several factors, including your medical history.
A general anesthetic will cause you to remain unconscious during the procedure.
To perform this procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum. There may be a need to cut your tooth, remove the bone surrounding it, or both before they are able to extract it. An impacted wisdom tooth may also require surgical extraction.
You will have a consult with either Dr. Clint Baugham or an oral surgeon prior to the extraction procedure. They will counsel you on pre-extraction instructions, such as fasting (because of anesthesia) and temporarily stopping the use of blood thinner medication.
Antibiotics might be prescribed in the days or weeks leading up to your extraction procedure.
On the day of extraction, a local anesthetic will be applied to the extraction site. We may also provide a general anesthetic or sedative if needed. Prior to the extraction, patients will get a dental x-ray to determine the angle and curvature of the tooth root.
To begin, if the tooth is under the gum tissue, Dr. Clint Baugham will make a small incision to expose the tooth. We may need to remove any obstructive tissue or cut the tooth into multiple pieces in order to pull it out.
The dentist will use a special tool to loosen the tooth first so that it can be easily removed.
During the procedure, you will not feel pain, but it is normal to feel slight pressure and hear the grinding or cutting of tissue.
Our dentist can also apply more numbing ointment at any point during the procedure.
Once the tooth has been extracted, our dentist will stitch the wound and apply gauze to stop any bleeding.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take?
You'd be surprised at how quickly this process goes. It normally takes 20 to 40 minutes to extract a tooth from start to finish, including the time it takes to put in sutures if necessary. Having said that, if you need to have more than one tooth extracted, the surgery will take longer.
How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take to Heal?
Extraction of a tooth usually results in a few days of recovery. Consult us immediately if you are experiencing discomfort that does not go away after a few days or if you are experiencing any symptoms of infection, such as pain, fever, drainage, or pus, from the incision.
Can I Drink Alcohol, Coffee, or Soda After Tooth Extraction?
Avoid drinking for at least four days following your extraction since both alcohol and acidic beverages might harm the clot at your extraction site and lead to difficulties.
For the first few days, avoid meals that are hard and crunchy. Stock up on soft foods like eggs, yogurt, applesauce, rice, and pasta in your refrigerator and pantry.
Additionally, you should avoid drinking with straws since they might lead to dry sockets and disturb blood clots.
Can I Brush My Teeth After Tooth Extraction?
Avoid brushing or rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours following a tooth extraction, just to be cautious. After that, brush carefully and avoid brushing too close to the extraction site.
Can I Use Mouthwash After Tooth Extraction?
No, using mouthwash after a tooth extraction is not advised since it increases the risk of blood clot dislodging. The best practice is to refrain from using any mouthwash for at least 24 hours following the extraction. Instead, you may keep your mouth clean by gargling with warm salt water.
What Can I Eat After Tooth Extraction?
You should limit your diet to soft meals and drinks for at least 24 hours following your tooth extraction. When you are ready, you can gradually return to a more typical diet. Attempt to limit your diet to simple items for a few days. Start with choosing pudding, yogurt, ice cream, and other cold foods.
Schedule an Extraction with Your Trusted Peachtree Corners Dentist Today!
Call Southern Family Dental Care at 470-410-9774 to schedule your dental extraction.