As part of the Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, Springhill Dental Health Center takes pride in serving the local community of Decatur, GA. If you’ve ever experienced a toothache, you understand the discomfort it can cause. While most dental issues can be resolved with a filling or a root canal, there are instances when a tooth extraction becomes the necessary course of action. Dr. Scott, a compassionate and highly skilled dentist at Springhill Dental Health Center, is here to ease your concerns and explain what you can expect from this procedure.
Gentle Techniques for Tooth Extraction
In the past, the phrase “like pulling teeth” was often used to describe difficult tasks. However, modern dentistry has evolved significantly, and so have tooth extraction techniques. Dr. Scott emphasizes that the process is now relatively straightforward and causes minimal discomfort to patients. Following the procedure, a short period of rest and adhering to post-operative guidelines will have you back to your routine within a few days.
Understanding the Reasons for Extraction
At Springhill Dental Health Center, preserving your natural teeth is a top priority. However, there are certain situations where an extraction is the most suitable option. Some of these include:
- Infection: If a tooth’s infection has reached the pulp and cannot be treated with a root canal and antibiotics, an extraction may be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading further. In cases where a serious infection poses a threat, extraction might be the best solution.
- Gum Disease: Advanced gum disease can weaken the support structures for teeth, leading to severe loosening. In such cases, extraction becomes the safest course of action.
- Crowding: Occasionally, the alignment of teeth doesn’t perfectly fit the mouth’s size or shape. Severe crowding may hinder a tooth’s eruption, requiring extraction. Additionally, preparing for orthodontic treatment might involve the need for tooth extraction.