Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
The Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry believe that it is important to make every effort to prevent tooth loss. Sometimes, however, it is in the best interest of the patient to remove a tooth. In these instances, we can perform an extraction.
What might cause a tooth to be extracted?
An infection is one of the most common reasons to extract a tooth. This occurs when a tooth—often one already damaged by decay—develops an infection at or near the root of the tooth. Forming what is known as an abscess, this infection forms as a reaction by your body, which is trying to reject the tooth. Over time, this type of infection can do serious damage to your health and even threaten your life; left untreated, an abscessed tooth can spread the infection through the bloodstream, eventually infecting other parts of your body including your vital organs. Dental extraction is one method of treating a severely decayed tooth that is beyond repair or one that is infected and not likely to withstand a root canal treatment.
Other reasons that an extraction may need to be performed may include:
- Severe stages of tooth decay
- Advanced stages of gum disease
- As a correction prior to orthodontic treatment, to prevent crowding
- A tooth that is badly fractured, down to or near the root
- A tooth that is impacted
No two patients are alike. The Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry evaluate each potential extraction on a case-by-case basis. Usually, extraction only is recommended after a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth, which often includes taking X-rays to provide a complete picture of the shape and position of the affected tooth and surrounding bone structure. At Devine Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology, which produces images that are clearer and more precise while exposing patients to a mere fraction of the radiation emitted by traditional X-ray machines.
What can you expect from an extraction procedure?
Experiencing some level of discomfort is common after an extraction, but this discomfort can be managed through the use of pain relief medication, and ice packs, which should be applied to the face for about 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort following an extraction could begin to diminish within three days, up to two weeks after the procedure.
The Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry suggest eating a soft diet for a few days immediately following an extraction, and often recommend the use of an oral rinse, which is to dislodge any food particles that may be caught in the extraction site. It is also important to avoid smoking until the extraction site heals.
Certain extraction procedures may fall into the category of oral surgery. If hearing this makes you nervous, it shouldn’t. The surgical extraction of a tooth actually is the most common type of surgery currently performed in the United States. A surgical extraction is defined as any in which your dentist must remove some quantity of gum tissue or bone in order to remove a tooth, and in some cases, stitches are needed to close the site of extraction.
Extractions in Nashville
If another medical professional has recommended an extraction or you are experiencing significant problems with a tooth, Devine Dentistry can help. Call our office at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry serves patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills and Nashville in Tennessee.