At Tidewater Dentistry, we are committed to taking every possible step to help you keep your teeth. However, sometimes a tooth may not be able to be restored, and removal of this tooth may be our only option. Dr. Williamson understands that a tooth extraction can be scary for many patients, and we are here to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible.
For anxious patients, Dr. Williamson is able to prescribe a mild sedative to take prior to your extraction. This allows you to be more relaxed and comfortable before, during, and after the procedure.
Reasons for an Extraction
Dr. Williamson remains as conservative as possible when recommending treatment and only recommends extracting a tooth if absolutely necessary. Some of the reasons he may suggest removing a tooth include:
- Extensive decay has severely damaged a tooth, and there may not be enough healthy structure left to support a filling or crown.
- A crack in a tooth has extended all the way to the root surface.
- A severe infection of a tooth cannot be fixed with a root canal.
- Removal of wisdom teeth is necessary to protect your oral health
- Crowding of the teeth may be present, and your orthodontist may suggest removal of one or more teeth before getting braces.
What to Expect during A Dental Extraction
First, Dr. Williamson will make sure that you are completely numb in the area of the extraction. If you are very anxious and need a little more help to relax, he may provide a mild sedative so you can get the care you need without a lot of stress.
In most cases, we are able to remove the tooth from the socket with little effect on the gums, but in some cases, we may need to remove the tooth in pieces to make extraction easier. Even in these types of cases, Dr. Williamson’s gentle approach minimizes trauma and allows for quicker healing times.
After Your Extraction
It is normal after your extraction to be a little sore in the area for a couple of days. Over-the-counter pain relievers and proper diet and care can help to ease the soreness and allow the area to heal properly.
Dr. Williamson will provide specific written instructions to make sure the healing process is as quick as possible. After your extraction, we can help you determine the best replacement option to fit your expectations and budget. A few of the options available to replace missing teeth include implants, bridges, and partial dentures.
Make An Appointment Today
If you need an extraction and are located in the Summerville area, please call Tidewater Dentistry today at (843) 871-5394. We are here to walk you through the process and provide the gentlest care possible.