Getting a tooth pulled can be unpleasant, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For expert extractions, trust Ramesh Sumar, DMD and the highly qualified team at Charlotte Dental Implants in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit them when you’re in need of having a tooth removed. Schedule a consultation online or call the office today.
Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For example, you could need a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. Illness, decay, and trauma may all contribute to needing a tooth removed.
Dr. Sumar may recommend an extraction if you're dealing with one of the following situations:
There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are just like they sound. They're simple! Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. During this procedure, Dr. Sumar will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. He will then use forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is sometimes the case with wisdom teeth. In these situations, Dr. Sumar makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
Dr. Sumar gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is common with wisdom teeth extraction, he might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.
It depends on your situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, depending on the scope of your dental operation.
Since everyone's situation is unique, you should schedule a consultation to explore your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
Contact Dr. Sumar at Charlotte Dental Implants by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool.