For patients with advanced tooth decay, overcrowding, or a severely damaged tooth, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Dr. Robert Cain provides tooth extractions at his Knoxville, TN dentist office. A tooth extraction is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed in one visit to our office with the use of a local anesthetic. We also offer sedation dentistry for anyone who experiences anxiety or fear of the dentist.
Tooth Extractions in Knoxville, TN
Tooth extractions are a routine procedure and patients are often surprised at how comfortable they can be. Dr. Cain may use a local anesthetic or topical numbing cream to ensure that you feel as little discomfort as possible. Tooth extractions can frequently be completed using a local anesthetic. Some patients experience dental anxiety and may opt for a sedation dentistry method during their treatment.
Dr. Cain will remove the necessary teeth by gently wiggling them back and forth until they are released. The gums will be cleaned and sutured shut to reduce infection. After the tooth is extracted, it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. The socket will be packed with gauze; in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Our dental care team will provide all patients with detailed instructions on aftercare to reduce discomfort. Most patients recover fully within a day or two after the procedure. If you experience any sharp pains, excessive bleeding, or swelling, be sure to contact our Knoxville dentist office right away.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Many patients will need a tooth extraction in their late teens or early 20’s for the removal of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge. They often need to be removed because they are compacted or will cause overcrowding of the existing teeth if allowed to fully emerge.
Wisdom teeth removal is a standard surgical procedure that can be done from the comfort of our Knoxville, TN periodontist office.
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 jaw line. 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.
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Tooth Extraction FAQs
Can my dentist prevent wisdom tooth impaction?
Impaction occurs when a wisdom tooth can only partially erupt. The tooth can then damage adjacent teeth, lead to infection, and cause misalignment. Patients can also experience serious discomfort. To avoid this, we remove the wisdom teeth before they even erupt, protecting your smile from serious complications.
Will extracting the tooth prevent the spread of infection?
When an infection first develops, we can often treat it using a root canal. However, over time the infection or abscess may progress into such a serious state that we need to immediately remove the tooth to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth or into the jawbone.
Is the tooth extraction procedure safe and comfortable?
We will administer a local anesthetic before proceeding, and can also use conscious sedation options to help patients enjoy a calm and relaxed experience. We take steps to ensure you remain comfortable as we remove one or more teeth.
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Dr. Cain provides sedation dentistry for patient’s optimal comfort. For patients who experience fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry can help them overcome their fears so they may receive the dental care they need. Dr. Cain offers oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. During your consultation, you and Dr. Cain will discuss which sedation option is best suited for your procedure and personal comfort.