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Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith of Blue Ridge Dental perform tooth extractions in Mount Airy, NC, for patients with damaged teeth. Sometimes it's best for the health of your mouth to remove a damaged tooth, and we can help!
Signs your tooth needs to be extracted
It is always your dentist's goal to help preserve your natural teeth to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. But when a tooth is hopelessly decayed or damaged, it's best for the health of your mouth to have it completely removed. These are some reasons you may need an extraction:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Damage by trauma like a chip
- A tooth cracked below the gum line
- Removing teeth for orthodontic treatment
In these cases, removing teeth would be beneficial for the health of your mouth and orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions at Blue Ridge Dental keep your mouth healthy.
When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, don't panic! This minor surgery is routine and your mouth will feel back to normal in just a few days. Your dentist will start with an x-ray to assess the tooth and help predict any complications with the extraction. Typically you are numbed with local anesthesia. Other sedatives like oral medication and nitrous oxide can be used as well. A tooth may need to be sectioned or broken into pieces to remove.
After your extraction, the socket is packed with gauze to stop any bleeding and you may need stitches. While you heal, stick to a soft food diet. You may have some swelling and discomfort for a couple of days, and your dentist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to help with any pain.
When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith are here for you at Blue Ridge Dental. Contact us for an appointment at (336) 789-5306.
Dental extractions usually tend to be the last resort, reserved for when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, or causing crowding 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.