Gentle Tooth Extractions Lexington, KY
At Garden Springs Dental, our goal is to provide you with all the treatments you need for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. If something goes wrong, we will make every effort to find a solution that will restore the tooth to full health. However, in some cases, a tooth is so severely damaged that extraction may be our only option.
Facing a tooth extraction can be intimidating, but we want you to know that we are here for you. Our entire dental team works together to support and encourage you throughout the procedure. We will answer all your questions beforehand and do everything we can to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable.
Dr. Christopher Davis and Dr. Gregory Edens are highly skilled and experienced in performing tooth extractions and other minor oral surgeries. This experience helps them make your procedure more comfortable and efficient. They put your needs first and go out of their way to make your procedure as stress-free and uncomplicated as possible.
- What Is a Tooth Extraction?
- Reasons for Extracting a Tooth
- Preventing Bone Resorption After an Extraction
- Tooth Extraction After-Care at Home
- We Put Your Comfort First
- Please Call Our Lexington, KY Dentists for an Appointment
What Is a Tooth Extraction?
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from your jaw bone due to oral health issues. Tooth extractions are recommended for many reasons, especially when a tooth is unable to be saved due to severe tooth decay, trauma, infection, or to relieve toothache pain.
The most common dental extractions in Lexington are wisdom teeth that have become impacted (unable to emerge correctly due to overcrowding or other reasons,) which can quickly lead to gum infections. Other times, to straighten your teeth with orthodontics, Dr. Davis or Dr. Edens, Jr. may recommend removing a tooth to create enough room in your life to gently shift your teeth.
Reasons for Extracting a Tooth
There are many reasons why we may need to remove a tooth. Some common oral health problems that might make tooth extraction necessary are:
- Advanced tooth decay: An untreated cavity can severely damage a tooth, making it impossible to save with a filling or crown.
- Root canal infection: Advanced tooth decay is often the cause of a root canal infection. The biggest problem with a severe root canal infection is not the pain. Untreated root canal infections damage the tissues that supply the tooth with nourishment and cause the tooth to die, making extraction necessary.
- Advanced gum disease: Untreated gum disease can infect and severely damage the tooth and gums to the point that extraction is our only option for protecting your overall oral health.
- Dental trauma: A dental injury may be the result of an accident or sports event. Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, extraction may be necessary. Even an injury that causes only slight damage can become a serious problem if left untreated.
- Broken tooth: Extensive tooth decay, injuries, or large fillings compromise a tooth and can cause it to break.
We can often save a broken tooth, but our doctors may need to extract it if too much of the tooth is lost, and we can't restore it. In the majority of cases, we can perform your extraction here at our Lexington dental office. However, we may refer problems like impacted wisdom teeth to a specialist who is best equipped to handle complex procedures.
Preventing Bone Resorption After an Extraction
When the root of your tooth is present, it stimulates the growth of bone around it and helps maintain its strength, density, and shape. If a tooth and its roots are lost, the bone will start to deteriorate over time. It is estimated that there is a 25 percent decrease in the width of bone in the first year after tooth loss.
Maintaining bone density in your jaw is essential, especially as it pertains to the type of prosthetic you choose for replacing the missing tooth. Dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw for successful placement. If you choose a fixed bridge and the bone starts to shrink, a noticeable gap will develop between the artificial tooth and your gum.
Dentures also perform better with more supporting bone in your jaw. While we’re in the planning stages for your extraction, we’ll talk about your options for replacement. If appropriate, we can also talk about the possibility of bone grafting to build up and support the bone in your jaw after extraction.
Tooth Extraction After-Care at Home
Any time you undergo a dental surgical procedure, it’s essential to take care of your surgical site to avoid infection.
Tooth extractions are especially delicate because you must be careful not to disturb the clot that forms at the site of extraction. If the clot is disturbed or moves, it leads to a painful condition known as dry socket. Once we finish your surgery, your restorative dentist will have you bite down on a piece of gauze. The pressure of the biting controls bleeding and prompts the formation of a healing clot.
We recommend resting for a few days after the surgery, much like any other surgical procedure. Be careful not to upset your protective clot by only eating cool and soft foods like pudding, applesauce, yogurt, and ice cream. Over time, you can start enjoying solids again, but we want to avoid a painful recovery by jumping into it too quickly. We especially advise you to avoid crunchy or sharp foods that can get dislodged in your extraction site, like popcorn, chips, nuts, etc.
You can still brush your teeth as you usually do, but avoid the surgical site until it has healed. You can rinse with warm water to wash away and food debris and particles. Some Lexington patients experience discomfort or pain in the few days after the dental extraction procedure; if over-the-counter pain medication isn’t working, we can prescribe stronger pain relief so that you can feel comfortable and stress-free.
If you have any swelling, a simple ice pack can help counter inflammation. Your extraction dentists, Dr. Chris Davis and Dr. Gregory Edens, Jr. at Garden Springs Dental, will handle your tooth extraction with compassion, skill, and a gentle touch.
You may have questions that we have not covered on this page. If so, don’t hesitate to just pick up the phone and give your neighborhood dental office a call today.
We Put Your Comfort First
Your complete comfort is our priority. We understand how stressful and intimidating the thought of tooth extraction may be for you. Our team values the trust you place in us to handle a procedure like a dental extraction, and we want you to feel safe and secure.
Our exceptional dental team works together to make sure you are comfortable, and your procedure is as efficient as possible. We help our patients understand each step of the process, so they’re never caught by surprise. We provide gentle and compassionate care because we know the emotional trauma that comes along with losing a tooth, not to mention living with a noticeable gap in your smile.
Our kind and knowledgeable dental staff can help you counter any drawbacks that come with a missing tooth and overcome your apprehension and dental anxiety with compassion. You can feel secure knowing that Dr. Chris Davis and Dr. Gregory Edens, Jr. are highly qualified in performing gentle and reliable tooth extractions at our Lexington, KY dental office.
Please Call Our Lexington, KY Dentists for an Appointment
If you’re not sure if you need a tooth extraction, please call our office as soon as possible. You deserve a healthy, vibrant smile, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your options.