Knoxville and Maryville, TN
Saving your teeth is always our primary goal at Crestview Dental Care. However, there are times when nothing can be done to repair a tooth for the long-term. In that case, we offer tooth extraction services to remove an unhealthy tooth that is beyond repair.
Should I have my tooth extracted?
At Crestview Dental Care, our primary goal is to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums—even if it means removing a permanent tooth that is beyond saving. When you have a problematic tooth, we recommend treatment options to help restore it, if possible. However, if your tooth is beyond repair, we may need to extract it. A consultation is the best method of determining whether or not a tooth extraction is necessary. Each potential extraction is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Some of the most common reasons to have a tooth extracted are:
- An injury that seriously damages the tooth beyond repair
- A large cavity or area of tooth decay that reaches the roots
- A tooth becoming impacted—which occurs typically with wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to erupt in the mouth
- An infected tooth or an abscessed tooth damaged beyond repair
- As a consequence of gum disease
The best way to know for sure if you need a tooth pulled is to have a consultation with us at Crestview Dental Care.
This refers to any extraction where your dentist must cut into the supporting bone structure to remove the tooth. A procedure of this type also is the most frequently performed variety of surgery in the United States. Surgical extractions include the removal of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these teeth usually emerge between the ages of 15 and 25, but often cause problems; there may not be enough room in the mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth, meaning they become impacted and crowd your existing permanent teeth and potentially affecting the alignment of your bite as well as your jaw.
What should I expect after a tooth extraction?
Following a tooth extraction procedure, you may experience some tenderness and mild discomfort around the site where the tooth was removed and should plan on resting for the remainder of the day. After that, you should be able to return to your regular activities.
If you have a surgical extraction, typical after-care includes:
- Avoid rigorous physical activity for a couple of days that might worsen bleeding
- Maintaining a diet of soft foods for at least a few days following the procedure
- Refrain from smoking after the surgical extraction, as this can loosen the blood clot (dry socket)
- Avoid drinking out of a straw, which could loosen the blood clot and cause a dry socket
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes at a time after your extraction (for the first day)
Oral hygiene is necessary following any tooth extraction. After the first 24 hours, begin rinsing after you eat to help prevent food particles from becoming lodged inside the extraction site. Our staff will advise you with an individualized set of after-care recommendations based on your own specific situation.
Tooth replacement options
At Crestview Dental Care, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options to help restore your bite and chewing abilities. We offer dental implants, partials, custom fit dentures, and dental bridges. To determine which option is best for you, discuss tooth replacement with the dentist during your visit.
To schedule your consultation, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.