If you need a tooth extraction, it’s tempting to put it off. You worry about the discomfort, and the loss of your tooth. However, a tooth that needs extracting is a danger to your oral and overall health. The sooner it is gone, the sooner you can start to restore your smile. Instead of postponing an extraction, it’s best to look for a dentist who can extract the tooth comfortably and can replace it immediately with a new, beautiful replacement.

Dr. Dustin Holladay is a skilled cosmetic dentist who understands how to make dentistry as comfortable as possible. He also has extensive training and experience in the use of dental implants and other restorations to replace lost teeth. To learn how he can help you, please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with Dr. Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.

Tooth Extractions Can Rid You of the Pain

Each individual tooth is important to the structure of the jaw and health of the surrounding teeth. For this reason, we will most often attempt to save the natural tooth using procedures such as fillings, inlays and onlays, build-ups and crowns or root canals. However, there are several possible reasons we might recommend extracting a tooth instead of saving it.

  • There can be so much decay in the tooth that it can not be restored and may endanger the surrounding teeth and jaw. In this case we will recommend the removing of the tooth and replacing it with a bridge, dental implant, or removable partial denture.
  • We might need to extract a tooth to treat gum and bone infection (gum disease).
  • A baby tooth can cause problems if it does not fall out as it should. Most often, this is because it was not shaped correctly or it has too long of a root. It will be important to remove the baby tooth to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt.
  • Misaligned or impacted teeth (such as the Wisdom Teeth) can cause pain or discomfort and affect the alignment of the rest of the jaw.

From Extraction to Replacement

With most extractions, a local anesthetic will be all that is needed to make the procedure comfortable. While this procedure is generally very fast, please share any concerns or preferences for sedation with Dr. Holladay.

When a tooth has been removed, nearby teeth may move and cause problems with chewing or with your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, Dr. Holladay may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth because they mimic the natural tooth root as opposed to simply bridging the gap as with Bridges. Because they replace the tooth root, they prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting and interfering with proper jaw function.

You Can Be Pain-Free

We don’t like to think about tooth extractions because we feel there is pain and discomfort associated with it.  However, that is why most people come in for a tooth extraction: because they are having pain.  The advancements in dentistry have made extractions and other treatments virtually pain free. There is very minimal discomfort which is mostly with the healing process. We may prescribe pain medication as well as antibiotics to help keep down infection and make the healing process easier.

If you are in pain and feel you may need a tooth removed, call our office today at (843) 903-3111 for a consultation.