When a tooth has become infected, damaged, or otherwise compromised, tooth extraction may be the best way to preserve the health and structure of your smile. Although we will always recommend conservative restorative treatment, such as a dental filling or dental crown first, in some cases a tooth extraction may be necessary to alleviate discomfort and help you maintain good oral health. Dr. Joesph D. Murray can perform safe and efficient tooth extractions at his Atlanta, GA, office and offers sedation to ensure your comfort. He also offers a variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implants and restorations.
Reasons for Removal
If a tooth is severely damaged as a result of decay or trauma, and it cannot be repaired with a dental crown or root canal therapy, it may need to be removed. Other potential reasons for extraction include:
- Preparing for orthodontic treatment
- Severe tooth infection
- Compromised immune system
- Periodontal disease
- Fully or partially impacted teeth
- Issues with wisdom teeth
- A primary tooth preventing the eruption of an adult tooth
During your consultation, Dr. Murray can take x-rays or other advanced images to identify the exact position of the tooth and determine if there are any underlying issues below the surface. After establishing your treatment plan, he can explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.
The Extraction Procedure
On the day of the extraction, our team can numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic. We may also provide stronger sedation for patients who struggle from dental anxiety. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Murray can begin the removal process. If your tooth is erupted above the gum line, Dr. Murray can loosen the tooth from the socket using special instruments. This may involve rocking the tooth back and forth. He can then use forceps to grasp the crown of the tooth and gently remove it. To encourage a blood clot to form, Dr. Murray can immediately apply gauze and pressure. We may ask that you bite down to hold the gauze in place.
In some cases a tooth extraction may be necessary to alleviate discomfort and help you maintain good oral health.
If you have a tooth that is impacted or partially impacted, you may require a more complex procedure. In such cases, Dr. Murray can make an incision in the top of the gums in order to access the tooth. Using the same dental instruments, he can loosen and lift the tooth from the socket. He may remove the tooth in sections to ensure the least amount of impact on healthy tissue. Depending upon the depth of the space left behind, you may require sutures to close the gap. Dr. Murray can then apply gauze and pressure to limit bleeding.
What to Expect during Recovery
We recommend that you schedule a friend or loved one to drive you to and from the procedure. Following extraction, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. Dr. Murray can recommend medications to reduce pain. He can also provide you with a list of post-surgical instructions to help you achieve a smooth recovery. Applying ice packs to your outer jaw and resting with your head elevated can help minimize discomfort. You should also switch out the gauze and apply pressure as necessary. If bleeding persists or worsens, please contact our office, as this may be the sign of infection.
Once you have healed, Dr. Murray can recommend the the best tooth replacement options for your needs. Replacing your tooth as quickly as possible can prevent bone loss and remaining teeth from shifting.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing dental pain of any type, it is imperative that you visit the dentist as soon as possible. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Murray, contact our office online or by calling (404) 762-5770.