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 save 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 a healthy mouth—even if it means removing a permanent tooth that cannot be saved. When you have a problematic tooth, we recommend treatment options to help restore your tooth, 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
- A tooth becoming impacted—which occurs typically with wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to erupt in the mouth
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- As a consequence of untreated gum disease
- As a precursor of orthodontic treatment
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 teeth 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:
- Avoiding 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 for at least 24 hours after the surgical extraction, as this can loosen the blood clot
- Avoid drinking from a straw
Oral hygiene is necessary following any tooth extraction. Gentle rinsing after you eat will 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.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction in Maryville
At Crestview Dental Care, we make every effort to restore teeth to prevent an extraction. However, we understand that there are times when an extraction is the best choice. When you need to make that choice, we are here for you.
To schedule your consultation, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 982-1700. We welcome patients of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.