If you have a tooth that is causing crowding, is decayed beyond repair, or is causing a lot of pain, you may need to have it extracted. Root canals are usually a good option used to repair damage done to the nerve of a tooth, but sometimes even a root canal cannot save a tooth. Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry stands ready to determine if you have a tooth that is in need of extraction. There are two types of extractions: simple extractions and surgical extractions. With a simple extraction, the tooth is first loosened by loosing the gums that surround the tooth with the use of an elevator. After the gums have been loosened, forceps are used to simply pull the tooth out. With a surgical extraction, a small incision is made around the tooth. After the incision is made, the tooth is then cut into smaller pieces and removed. It is normal to feel slight pressure during both types of extraction procedures.
After you have an extraction done, you will be sent home with extra gauze and a list of post extraction instructions that will help you understand how to properly care for the area that you had your tooth extracted. It is imperative that you follow the instructions carefully to reduce the risk of getting dry socket, which is a painful condition where the blood clot in your socket is removed and the nerves are exposed. The staff here at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL strives to assist every patient with any dental need they may have. We pride ourselves in offering the best dental service and care around. Call us today to schedule your appointment and make us your new dental home at 251.550.7770. We look forward to seeing your smile in our office!