Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Even with dedicated preventative dental care, accidents and unexpected infections can occur, requiring tooth extraction. Dr. Thomas Zarger performs tooth extractions at his Knoxville, TN, clinic, using advanced techniques to minimize discomfort. Dr. Zarger has more than 30 years of professional experience. After examining any teeth that are causing pain, he can diagnose the cause of your discomfort and recommend a solution.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are often considered the last resort to treat infections and other forms of damage to teeth. When a tooth is no longer viable, or if an infected tooth poses a threat to surrounding gum tissue, a tooth extraction may be necessary. This procedure can provide several benefits for the right candidates, including:
- Eligibility for orthodontics: A tooth extraction may need to be performed to prepare for orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign.
- Relief from pain: By removing the source of the pain, patients can experience significant relief.
- A beautiful smile: Removing damaged teeth and replacing them with dental implant-supported restorations or another form of replacement teeth can improve the appearance of your smile.
If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a dental health complication, get in touch with us today.
Dr. Zarger will ensure that you experience minimal discomfort during your tooth extraction. Local anesthetic will be used before your tooth is removed. If you are feeling anxious about the procedure, please let Dr. Zarger know. He can coordinate sedation to help you achieve deep relaxation during the treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Tooth Extraction?
Many patients who undergo tooth extraction have experienced a sudden onset of pain. If your case is urgent, Dr. Zarger will ensure you receive timely care. During your visit, Dr. Zarger will examine your teeth and jaws using x-rays to determine if your tooth needs to be removed. Candidates for a tooth extraction often have one or more of the following:
- Advanced dental decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Pain in a localized area of the jaw
- A cracked, chipped, or damaged tooth
What Happens during Tooth Extraction?
Before the procedure, Dr. Zarger will use local anesthesia to completely numb the damaged tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Once you are comfortable, he will use special tools to loosen and gently remove your tooth. If you are suffering due to an impacted tooth, incisions may need to be made in your gums. Large molars are often broken and removed in pieces to protect surrounding tissue. Once the tooth is removed, bone grafting material may be placed in the socket to prevent jawbone recession or to set the stage for dental implants at a later time. Any incisions will be sutured closed, and gauze will be placed over the surgical site to control bleeding. The incisions will heal over the course of the next week.
Call Us Today
Saving healthy dental tissue is our priority, but there are instances in which extraction is the very best way to restore health and begin rebuilding your smile. Once your gums have healed, you will be eligible for one of several restorative treatments that we offer. If you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms of a dental health complication, contact our office online or call (865) 693-7631.