Tooth Extraction in Raleigh, North Carolina
Call us today at (920) 243-9700 if you need to know more about tooth extraction or any other service that may be beneficial for your dental health.
Most of us have experienced the pain and discomfort that comes with a toothache. Unfortunately, when there’s nothing you can do to relieve the pain, your dentist will likely propose extraction as the only solution. Reasons for extraction frequently include extreme tooth decay, gum disease, or an impacted or broken tooth.
If you live in Raleigh or the surrounding areas, our team at Raleigh Dental Loft offers a wide array of dental services, including tooth extraction. We have been in service long enough to know what our patients need, and we are proud to offer the best possible quality of care.
What Are Extractions?
Extractions are procedures in which a dentist removes teeth, typically because they are broken, decayed, or because the dentist needs to realign teeth properly. Extraction can involve pulling a tooth or removing it surgically.
At our practice, we deal with all extractions quickly and efficiently to help you avoid additional discomfort. We are proud of what we do, and it’s our goal to make your visit as comfortable as possible by providing expert care that focuses on minimizing pain.
Do You Need Extractions?
If you are experiencing painful or sensitive teeth, or if your dentist has recommended an extraction because of a health condition, it is essential to have the procedure done as soon as possible.
Some people may need extractions if they’ve had multiple cavities that the dentist can no longer treat with fillings, and when waiting for any longer could lead to more severe problems.
If a dentist suggests that you undergo tooth extraction for whatever reason, it’s essential to understand the process, the cost, and expectations after the procedure.
At Raleigh Dental Loft, we do two types of extraction procedures:
- Surgical extractions: For these extractions, such as for impacted wisdom teeth, we usually use sedation anesthesia before removing the tooth since this procedure may be painful.
- Non-surgical or “simple” extraction: We can complete this type of extraction without any pain medication. Your dentist will use a tool to remove the tooth from its socket while you’re awake but numb from a numbing medicine that we apply or inject.
Your Comfort Is Our Priority
We want your dental experience to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our experienced team will use sedation options to ensure that you are relaxed with no pain at all. You could opt for:
- Oral, conscious sedation, in which case, we will give you a pill to take before your dental procedure to make you feel more at ease.
- Inhaled sedation, in which you will breathe in a medication that will make you feel drowsy or carefree.
Most tooth extractions are relatively short and uncomplicated procedures.
Tooth Extraction Healing and Recovery
After tooth extraction, patients may experience a bit of soreness, but the healing process usually happens rather quickly. You may experience some swelling and bruising as well as a temporarily decreased sensation in the area from which we extracted where your tooth, but this should improve over time.
For quick recovery after tooth extraction, be sure to follow these tips:
- Rest and take it easy for the first few days after your tooth removal to prevent any lingering swelling or pain.
- Brush with a soft bristle brush or an electric toothbrush to avoid damaging newly formed bone in your socket.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dry mouth, and make sure you take the prescribed pain medication as your dentist or oral surgeon has directed.
- Avoid eating tough foods like nuts, ice cubes, or corn kernels for a few days because they can get into the socket and cause more irritation in the area of tooth removal.
- Rinse with warm salt water (one teaspoon of table salt in a cup of water) to help soothe your mouth after the extraction to reduce any swelling around or inside your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
- If the new sore is painful or bleeding, rinse it with warm salt water and apply pressure through gauze to stop blood flow.
As soon as you feel comfortable eating solid foods again, brush your teeth thoroughly before chewing with a soft toothbrush, and floss between your teeth at least once a day.
If you are experiencing severe pain that doesn’t subside after taking prescribed medication, contact us for an emergency appointment.
For specialized tooth extraction as well as other dental services, we at Raleigh Dental Loft have the expertise to make your experience easy and stress-free. Call us today at 919-859-4500 to schedule an appointment in Raleigh, NC.