If your tooth is severely damaged, saving it with a root canal or other restorative dentistry procedures may not be suitable. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth causing pain or crowding, it will likely need to be removed. Severely decayed teeth may also need to be extracted. At Black Dog Dental Studio, we will always try to save your natural teeth if possible, but in some cases, we recommend tooth extractions to preserve your oral health.
You may experience discomfort after a tooth extraction, but this is temporary.
When you come in for a tooth extraction, you will first have a consultation with Charlotte dentist, Dr. Koneru. He will ask about your medical history and ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure.
We will prepare you for the procedure by numbing the site around the tooth with local anesthesia. The goal is to relieve anxiety and make you comfortable during the treatment.
Once you are numb, we'll use special tools to loosen the tooth and remove it from its socket. After removing the tooth, we'll clean the area and place a gauze pad over it to stop the bleeding.
Recovery from a tooth extraction generally takes 1-2 weeks.
Sometimes wisdom teeth don't need to be removed immediately and can be monitored for changes. However, if they are causing issues or are likely to in the future, it's best to get them extracted as soon as possible.
The most common reason most patients remove wisdom teeth is when this set of teeth is impacted. Other reasons to have wisdom teeth removed include decay, infection, and crowding.
Most people experience bleeding and soreness immediately after the procedure. We encourage our patients to bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes to control bleeding. We also instruct them to avoid straws, smoking, and vigorously rinsing for at least 24 hours after the procedure. If you follow these instructions, you should be able to carry on with your normal activities within a few days.
Most people heal from a tooth extraction without any complications.