At the Smile Center of Campbellsville KY, our primary goal is to heal and preserve our patients’ natural teeth whenever possible. But sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved due to severe damage or infection. In these cases, removing the tooth (extraction) is usually the best, safest, and most cost-effective option.
When Tooth Extractions are Necessary
Our Campbellsville dental team adheres to strict evidence-based medicine and use sound clinical judgment to help us decide when tooth extraction is the most appropriate treatment. Common conditions that benefit from extractions include:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Teeth that are severely decayed or fractured below the gumline
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowded primary teeth that aren’t falling out properly
What Are the Benefits of Tooth Extractions?
It may be hard to believe that removing a tooth can be beneficial. But sometimes an extraction is truly the best option because it can prevent future dental problems like:
- Worsening infection
- Additional tooth loss
- Chronic pain
- Periodontal disease
- Jawbone cysts
- Crowded and/or misaligned teeth
- Jaw malocclusions
Avoiding these dental health problems improves a person’s overall health, helps them avoid pain, and can even save them money in the long-run.
Tooth Extraction: What to Expect
Our team uses advanced methods and technologies to make sure tooth extractions are as comfortable and stress-free as possible. For instance, we offer our patients relaxing and numbing agents like nitrous oxide and anesthesia. Once the treatment area is completely numb, we’ll begin the procedure. If you’re awake but lightly sedated, you may feel pressure as the tooth is removed—but no pain.
We have strict protocols and guidelines to help us determine the least invasive and most appropriate tools and techniques needed to safely remove your injured or infected tooth. We’ll also be sure to monitor you closely during and after the procedure to ensure everything goes smoothly, prevent complications, and keep you well-informed.
Helpful Self-Care Tips After a Tooth Extraction
Our dental team will provide you with thorough post-operative instructions to help you know how to:
- Reduce the risk of infection and dry socket
- Control bleeding, pain, and swelling
- Eat and drink (including what and when!)
Do you have questions about tooth extractions? Contact Smile Center of Campbellsville now at 270.789.2155.