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General Tooth Extraction

Restore Your Oral Health

General Tooth Extraction

Restore Your Oral Health

Removing a tooth is a common oral surgery procedure and may be recommended due to decay, injury, or periodontal disease, or as a part of another dental treatment, such as braces or dental implants. Sometimes, one tooth or multiple teeth are extracted to preserve oral health and prevent complications, such as wisdom teeth removal.

The specialists at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery treat patients of all ages across the Carolinas. When you come to one of our practices in North Carolina or South Carolina, one of our dedicated oral surgeons will perform a complete oral exam, review or order X-rays or 3D imaging, and discuss your options for anesthesia or sedation to ensure you feel comfortable and informed throughout your treatment.

If the extracted tooth needs to be replaced, our doctors will discuss your options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

A tooth or several teeth may need to be removed to protect or improve your oral health. Common reasons include:

  • Dental crowding. Dental crowding happens when teeth do not fit in their proper place, a baby tooth is lost too early or a permanent tooth comes in too late, or if the jaw is too small for the size of the teeth. As a result, one or more teeth overlap and crowd each other. Dental crowding can be mild, moderate, or severe. Having dental crowding can cause bite misalignment and raise the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Tooth decay. Also known as a cavity, tooth decay is commonly caused by a buildup of bacteria that creates a hole in the tooth. Tooth decay can be mild, moderate, or severe, but all cases should be treated by a dental health professional. A tooth with severe, untreated decay may be past the point of saving and require an extraction to restore oral health.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease. Having healthy gums is important to oral health. When gum disease is present, the tissues around the tooth and the bone under the gums are affected. Thankfully, gum disease is treatable and largely preventable. However, it remains a leading cause of tooth decay and tooth loss.
  • Oral health treatment. Sometimes, tooth extraction is a part of a larger dental treatment plan, such as braces, dental implants, or pre-prosthetic surgery. Since tooth loss is permanent, most doctors will only remove a healthy tooth if it is absolutely necessary.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia:

Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.

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Learn more about general tooth extractions, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery today.