Drs. Robert and Pamela Cain offer tooth extractions for severely damaged or infected teeth. Although considered a treatment option of last resort, tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to maintain great long-term dental health. If your tooth is severely decayed, damaged, or contributing to overcrowding, Dr. Cain may recommend a tooth extraction. Extractions are also a general dentistry service provided by East Tennessee Periodontics.
As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Robert Cain will thoroughly evaluate the overall health and stability of a tooth that is a possible candidate for extraction, seeking to save your natural tooth whenever possible. There are treatments that can restore tooth structure and improve bone stability to avoid extraction and maintain your natural bite.
We will address your dental concerns and restore your smile to a healthy and functional one. Sometimes a tooth can be saved. Do not decide that you need an extraction before consulting with a dentist first.
We do our best to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. We will conduct a thorough dental exam to determine the best course for your smile.
If we determine that you do not need tooth removal, we will give you options to relieve pain and save your tooth.
If we determine that your tooth is beyond saving, our dentists will work with you to create a plan of treatment to replace your lost tooth if necessary. Options for replacing teeth include dental implants, dentures, or an implant-supported dental bridge.
Tooth Extraction Process: What to Expect
In most cases, tooth extraction is actually a quick procedure. With the aid of a local anesthetic or sedation dentistry, it is almost always pain-free. The pain is from the infection and damage, not the procedure itself. We manage your pain with anesthetic during your procedure.
We can also offer oral conscious sedation for those with dental anxiety.
The first part of the process is a consultation to evaluate the affected area. We will conduct digital diagnostics, which include digital x-rays, to see if there is anything we should look out for before treatment. If all looks good, we will begin the tooth removal procedure by numbing the area to be treated with a local anesthetic.
You will be completely numbed to ensure that you feel relaxed and experience no pain before beginning the extraction process.
Then, the periodontist or oral surgeon will take over. He will gently move the tooth back and forth in the socket with a special tool. This enables the tooth to gradually become separated from its ligament, and slowly be pulled out of the socket. That’s it! Your pain should almost instantly go away.
You will be given after-care instructions by our oral surgeon to help the socket and adjacent area heal properly and reduce the risk of infection. You can expect your socket to fully heal in 7 to 10 days.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If we remove a tooth because of damage or infection, we can address the gap in your smile with a replacement option. We may recommend a dental bridge, or a dental implant to restore your tooth to full function and appearance.
For patients needing a tooth replacement, Dr. Cain may recommend a dental implant for their long-term benefits and natural function and appearance. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. Implants provide lasting oral health, stability and support natural bone regeneration preventing deterioration of the jawline.
Dr. Cain places all types of dental implants to meet your unique needs. He has extensive training in implant dentistry and performs all phases of treatment in the comfort of our Knoxville dentist office.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Single Tooth Implant
- Multiple Dental Implants
- All-on-four Implants
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implant FAQs
- Dental Implants Overview
- Sedation Dentistry
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Knoxville, TN
Our office also provides patients with wisdom tooth removal services. Wisdom teeth should be removed if they are pushing on other teeth, create an infection, are impacted, or give you pain when you chew. Younger patients benefit from this service to prevent the symptoms mentioned from happening down the road.
Schedule a consultation online today, or give Dr. Cain a call at (865) 276-7173. We look forward to helping you alleviate tooth pain quickly and effectively.