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Tooth Extractions

Quick, Comfortable Removal of a Compromised Tooth

Although adult teeth are meant to last forever, they can sometimes become too infected or damaged to repair. Having a failing tooth extracted can protect the health of your teeth and gums. Once a tooth is removed, our oral surgery experts at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants can place a dental implant, restoring appearance and function to the tooth, or insert a bone graft to repair the jaw and prepare for a future implant.

If you have a tooth that is badly damaged or requires urgent tooth extraction, contact our office in Charlotte, NC, or Greenville, SC. Emergency extractions are often performed on a same-day basis.

Why Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?

When it comes to your natural teeth, we make every effort to save them. However, some teeth are beyond the point of saving and extraction is recommended. Reasons why we may tooth extraction may be necessary include:

  • A deep crack or fracture
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • Severe periodontal disease or infection
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • To make room for a full or partial denture

Our team at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants focuses on your comfort at every step. We offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options for you to choose from, because we want your oral surgery experience to be positive and comfortable.

What to Expect When Having a Tooth Extracted

We will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia if tooth extraction is recommended. In many cases, we can perform tooth extraction on the same day as a consultation. It is our goal to make the extraction process as seamless and as comfortable as possible.

A local anesthetic is commonly used for simple extractions to numb the area. Once you are numb, we will use an instrument called an elevator to raise the tooth, then extract it using forceps. If there is enough strong jaw bone where the tooth was removed, we can insert a dental implant post immediately following extraction.

Many patients undergo wisdom tooth extraction during the mid or late teen years. This procedure is commonly performed using IV sedation, which requires an adult to drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours.

We will provide post-operative instructions to follow, which include how to clean your extraction site and prevent dry socket. This occurs if the blood clot within the tooth socket becomes dislodged and can be quite painful. If you experience discomfort or bleeding beyond what was expected after oral surgery, contact our office.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia

Your Options After Tooth Extraction

After you have a tooth extracted, you have several options to consider. We will outline these options before we remove the tooth.

Replace the Missing Tooth With a Dental Implant

Dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone, just like a natural tooth, and restore both function and appearance. By stimulating the jaw bone, implants prevent bone loss, unlike dentures or bridges that only sit on top of the bony ridge in the mouth. You will brush and floss your implant just like a natural tooth and it can last a lifetime with proper care.

Preserve the Tooth Socket With a Bone Graft

If you do not plan on receiving a dental implant right away or have a weakened jaw bone, a bone graft is inserted into the empty tooth socket. This will restore the jaw bone and preserve the integrity of the socket. By maintaining the size and shape of the socket, future implant placement is much easier. Bone grafting also preserves a natural contour of the gum line.

Traditional Dentures or Bridges

Dentures and bridges can be cheaper upfront, but they do not prevent bone loss and must be replaced every few years. Many patients find removable options inconvenient and if not professionally fitted, they can cause sores or slip when speaking.

No Replacement

It is an option not to do anything after having a tooth extracted. However, without an implant post or tooth root present, the jaw bone will weaken over time. This can lead to sagging facial features, making you appear older than you actually are. Nearby teeth can shift into the open space, compromising dental alignment and causing bite problems.

Cost of Tooth Extraction in Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC

The cost of having a tooth extracted varies. The number of teeth you need extracted, if you are receiving dental implants or bone grafting, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance will factor into the total cost. When you visit our office, we will provide you with a cost estimate for your tooth extraction.

If you have tooth pain, require emergency tooth extraction, or have been referred by a general dentist to have a tooth pulled, please contact Carolinas Center for Dental Implants. Some dentists will pull teeth, but if anesthesia or more complex care is required for the procedure, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon. Our team looks forward to caring for you and restoring your smile.

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Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. We have an office in Charlotte, NC, and an office in Greenville, SC, where we look forward to meeting with you.