Information on tooth extractions
Your permanent teeth are meant to last your entire life, but sometimes things happen that don't always make that possible. In theses cases, a tooth extraction will be necessary. Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry, located in Fairhope, AL, performs dental extractions. Decay can cause damage that may not be able to be repaired with a simple filling or even a crown. Crowded teeth are also another reason for extraction. Sometimes people are just born with tooth many teeth. Crowding of the teeth can cause tight spaces in between the teeth in which it is hard to floss and remove food, which can lead to plaque, decay, or periodontal (or gum) disease. Also, if you are looking to get braces or invisalign (check out or website for more information about straightening your teeth) it may be necessary to extract a tooth due to crowding in order to straighten and align your teeth.
Before an extraction is performed, the dentist will numb the area. If you are nervous about a dental procedure such as an extraction, Dr. Greer offers nitrous to ease dental anxiety. Once the area is numbed, the dentist may have to make a small incision in your gum tissue in order to gain better access to the tooth. After that, an instrument called an elevator will be used to detach the gum tissue from around the tooth. Then, forceps are used to grasp onto the tooth, and pull it out. Depending on how difficult the tooth is, it may be necessary for the dentist to use a handpiece, in which he will cut the tooth in half or quarters in order to make it easier for him to remove the tooth.
Once the extraction is complete, you will be given complete home instructions on how to take care of the area of extraction, as well as given antibiotics and pain medicine. If you have any questions about tooth extractions, please don't hesitate to call us here at Sweet Water Dentistry, your local family dentist office. Don't wait! Call today! 251-550-7770