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Tooth Extractions – Fairhope, AL

Providing Safe and Comfortable Extractions for Patients

Dentists go out of their way to avoid tooth extractions because no tooth replacement is as good as your original tooth. If a tooth extraction is performed, it is only done so in the best interest of your oral health. Regardless of the reason, Dr. Knight and his team do everything they can to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible before you undergo treatment.

Don’t let a failing tooth lead to higher dental care costs or oral complications; call our office today!

Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

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Teeth may need to be extracted for a wide variety of reasons. Whether it’s because a wisdom tooth is causing misalignment and pain in a patient or because a tooth is severely damaged by decay or injury, both situations can call for an extraction.

Other reasons a tooth may need to be extracted include:

  • Advanced gum disease being present throughout the mouth
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Baby teeth interfering with erupting adult teeth

What Does the Treatment Entail?

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Tooth extractions typically only take one appointment to complete. However, the complexity of your treatment can vary depending on the nature of the tooth being extracted. For example, if your tooth is clearly visible, it’s much easier to remove. If it’s caught underneath an existing tooth or gum tissue, an incision will need to be made in order to access the tooth.

During an extraction, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Once the dentist has access to the tooth, they’ll use an elevator to carefully remove the tooth from the periodontal ligament holding it in place. Finally, the tooth is taken out of the mouth via a pair of dental forceps. You’ll be asked to bite down on a gauze pad afterwards in order to apply pressure to the area and stop any bleeding.

Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?

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Strong anesthetics are provided prior to the extraction and are designed to remove any sensation of the tooth being pulled. With that said, extractions do cause some mild soreness afterwards, but this is normal.  The dentist will confirm that your mouth is numb beforehand to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

What Does Aftercare Look Like?

After your treatment, your emergency dentist in Fairhope Dr. Knight will go over your aftercare instructions in more detail. Typically, these steps include the following:

  • Take all prescription medication as directed.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours before resuming normal activities.
  • Bite firmly on the gauze pad placed to promote clot formation and reduce bleeding. Replace the gauze pad as needed and keep it in place for at least three to four hours after extraction.
  • Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling immediately after treatment. Apply and remove in 10 minute intervals.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after treatment.
  • Do not use straws for the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • Do not use any tobacco products.
  • Stick to a soft diet the day after extraction.
  • Continue to brush and floss as normal, making sure to avoid the extraction site.