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By Blue Ridge Dental
May 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Dental extractions usually tend to be the last resort, reserved for when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, or causing tooth decay treatmentcrowding and alignment problems with the rest of the teeth. Although there are always exceptions, wisdom teeth are usually extracted, especially if they are impacted and causing crowding or putting pressure on the surrounding teeth and tissue in the jaw. In addition to being quite painful as they erupt, wisdom teeth can cause problems below the gums, making extractions necessary to prevent further damage.

Tooth Decay Treatment in Mount Airy

The dentists at Mount Airy, NC-based Blue Ridge Dental perform extractions for children and adult patients under several circumstances. Most children lose their baby teeth in a natural progression according to their individual development. In some cases, if a baby tooth does not fall out in time, it can prevent the permanent tooth from fully erupting, making an extraction necessary. In some cases, extracting the baby tooth may be able to prevent the need for orthodontics later on.

When braces are necessary, some teeth may need to be removed in order to make room in the jaw for the teeth to properly shift and align into place.

In many cases of trauma or decay, there are a few tooth saving options available. The most common is a root canal to clear bacteria from the area that contains the nerves inside of the tooth known as the pulp, or a cap or crown to fix a crack or break in the tooth. But if the damage is too extensive, or if the tooth has suffered irreversible trauma, the dentist will recommend an extraction.

Dental Extractions and Oral Surgery in Mount Airy

For more information on the treatment options for tooth decay, trauma, and other oral health care problems, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling 336-789-5306 to schedule an appointment with a dentist today.

By Blue Ridge Dental
September 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Somewhere between bites during a recent meal, the inside of your cheek found itself in the way of your teeth. You winced with pain at the resulting bite, and while it was sore for a day or two it seemed to heal over. Now, though, you’re noticing this same area of your cheek gets in the way of your teeth a lot more often, with more bites and sores.

What’s likely happened is that you have developed a traumatic fibroma. When the soft tissues of the inner cheek, lips or tongue heal after being injured, a small bit of fibrous tissue composed of the protein collagen forms like a callous over the bite wound to protect it after it heals. If, however, the process is interrupted by another bite, the fibrous tissue that subsequently forms may be thicker and thus more raised on the surface of the skin. This higher profile makes it more likely the site will be involved in repeated episodes of biting.

If the fibroma continues to be a problem, it can be solved with a simple surgical procedure. A surgically-trained dentist or oral surgeon will remove portions of the fibroma (usually with local anesthesia) to flatten the skin profile, and then close the resulting wound with a couple of stitches unless a laser was used. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be managed with a mild anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, and the site should heal in just a few days to a week.

Although the vast majority of fibromas aren’t dangerous, it’s routine practice to have the excised tissue biopsied for abnormalities. More than likely the fibroma tissue will be normal; but by having the fibroma removed and examined, you’ll gain peace of mind about your oral health. In the process, you’ll also eliminate a bothersome and painful problem.

If you would like more information on mouth sores, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”