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Tooth Extractions – Columbia, TN

Gently Removing Teeth and Saving Your Smile

young woman giving thumbs up before getting tooth extractions in Columbia

Your natural teeth are supposed to last your whole life, but there may come a time when you need to have one or more teeth removed. At Beck Dental Care, we have an expert dental team that brings decades of experience to the care and treatment of your smile. Along with local anesthesia and dental sedation, we can ensure that your procedure will be comfortable and nothing to worry about. Continue reading below to learn everything you need to know about tooth extractions in Columbia.

Why Tooth Extractions Might Be Necessary

extracted teeth lying on gauze pads

We will always try to save a tooth whenever we can. Unfortunately, there are times when removing a tooth is the best option for preserving your oral health. Some of these situations include:

  • When extensive decay or injury has destroyed the majority of a tooth’s structure
  • In preparation for the creation and placement of a denture
  • When a baby tooth is unable to completely fall out on its own
  • To prepare a patient with overcrowded teeth for orthodontic treatment
  • When a tooth is impacted (unable to fully erupt from the gums)
  • When there isn’t enough room in the jaw to accommodate third molars, or wisdom teeth

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

young girl getting her tooth extracted

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. If a tooth has entirely emerged from the gumline, your dentist in Columbia can perform a simple extraction. After numbing the area, we use a special instrument to grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it breaks free. Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are performed on impacted teeth. In this case, we may have to make incisions in the gums and break the tooth into smaller sections and remove it piece by piece.

Whether your extraction is simple or surgical, rest assured that your procedure shouldn’t hurt. Before beginning, we’ll make sure to administer a potent local anesthetic to fully numb the area of your mouth we’ll be working on. We also offer sedation options to help you relax and make it much easier to get the care your smile needs.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

man lying down and holding ice pack to his face

After your tooth extraction, our team will work with you to develop a personalized aftercare plan to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. Generally, the most important step in any post-op plan is to get plenty of rest by avoiding strenuous physical activity for a few days. Bleeding from the extraction site is perfectly normal for the first 48 hours; use gauze pads to slow bleeding. Holding an ice pack to your cheek in 10-minute intervals can curb both swelling and pain. We’ll likely prescribe you some painkillers, so take those as needed. If we prescribe antibiotics, be sure to finish the entire dose as directed.

Following these instructions should minimize the risk of complications. However, contact your emergency dentist in Columbia if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Pain that increases instead of decreasing
  • Severe sensitivity of the extraction site
  • Persistent foul odor or bad taste in your mouth
  • Significant swelling
  • Fever, nausea, or other signs of infection