No one wants to hear that they need to have a tooth pulled. At Lamar Dental, we only recommend a tooth extraction as a last resort when leaving the tooth would lead to further complications.
Dr. Dunn takes a careful and attentive approach to treatment, so you can rest assured that we are always looking out for your best interests and long-term oral health. Your dentist will assess the entire situation, talk through all available options, and handle any complications appropriately before we decide to move forward with a dental tooth extraction.
If you have an impacted (or crowded) tooth, dental extraction may ensure that your teeth are maintained, and all future orthodontic treatments are effective. An infected tooth extraction is usually a more urgent procedure because infections can easily spread throughout your gums and negatively affect the health of other teeth.
Sometimes, we can identify these issues at your regular dental checkups and save you an extra trip. In these cases, same day tooth extractions are necessary emergency treatments to better ensure the immediate health of your gums. Emergency tooth extraction is typically a recommended solution when you experience dental trauma or have an urgent infection that needs remedying.
Signs You Might Need a Tooth Pulled
From broken or fractured teeth to decay and infection, there are numerous reasons why your dentist might consider extraction as the best path forward. Your dentist will take the following signs into consideration when determining if extraction is right for you:
- Severe tooth pain and sensitivity
- Swollen gums around one or two teeth
- Jaw pain, stiffness and trouble chewing
- Bad breath that won’t go away
Depending on the severity of your situation, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for a more advanced extraction procedure.
What to Expect From a Dental Extraction
All our tooth extractions in Hattiesburg are handled carefully and strategically, with the comfort of our patients as top priority. From premolars to wisdom teeth, every situation is different and requires a custom approach.
Here are some things you can expect after tooth removal is decided on by you and your dentist:
- Numbing of the problem area with local anesthesia or another form of sedation (nitrous oxide).
- If necessary, incisions might be made to your gums, or your tooth may be sectioned to allow for an easier extraction process.
- Your dentist will take specialized tools to remove the problem teeth.
- After the tooth is removed, the socket is cleaned and disinfected.
- If necessary, stitches may be placed to promote faster and more successful recovery.
Why Choose Lamar Dental?
Here at Lamar Dental, we treat patients like family and do everything we can to maintain the long-term health and function of your teeth. If you are ever uncomfortable with a certain procedure or would like to hear about other options, please let us know. We are here to serve our patients.
If you’re ready to move forward with your dental tooth extraction, schedule an appointment online today!