Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
At Choto Family Dentistry, our philosophy is that it is important to prevent tooth loss whenever possible. However, certain situations dictate that a tooth should be removed to protect the overall health of a patient or because the damaged tooth may be too far-gone to withstand a restoration. If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, visit your local Knoxville dentist at Choto Family Dentistry where an extraction can be performed.
How do I know if I need an extraction?
Each patient has different needs but, generally speaking, the most common reasons that a dentist might recommend an extraction include the following:
- An injury, such as a tooth that is damaged beyond repair
- Severe damage from tooth decay or a large cavity
- A tooth that has become impacted
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- Gum disease
In most cases, your Choto family dentist will make every effort to save a severely damaged tooth. However, there are some instances in which a tooth is beyond repair. This is most often the case in the later stages of gum disease. In these instances, your Knoxville dentist may recommend an extraction, and focus instead on the efforts of replacing the missing tooth, as well as treating any ongoing dental issues that may lead to further tooth loss.
At Choto Family Dentistry, we feel it is important to evaluate each extraction on a case-by-case basis. Prior to extracting any tooth, one of our dentists will examine your teeth and mouth, including diagnostic procedures such as X-rays to obtain a comprehensive picture of the shape and position of the tooth and supporting bone structure.
What can I expect during, and after, an extraction procedure?
Your local Knoxville dentist at Choto Family Dentistry will administer anesthetic before performing an extraction. We also offer the option of nitrous oxide to help keep you calm and relaxed, but you will remain awake during your procedure. Some cases may result in a surgical extraction. However, we will discuss this option for you if we believe it is the best route for your extraction.
You can expect discomfort of some kind following any extraction procedure. Generally speaking, the discomfort can be managed through over-the-counter pain relief medication such as Ibuprofen and the use of ice packs, which should be administered for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Any discomfort from your extraction procedure should start to diminish within the first day or two, though some sensitivity or discomfort may linger for as long as a few days to a week following an extraction.
You should eat a diet of soft foods for the first few days following your extraction procedure. We also suggest using an oral rinse, swished gently, as part of your at-home oral hygiene regimen to prevent food debris from becoming lodged into the extraction site.
We also offer a variety of tooth replacement options to restore your bite and smile following an extraction. A partial denture, dental bridge or even a dental implant may be a good option for you. Ask us about these options during your visit.
Extractions in Knoxville
Do you have a tooth that you believe may need to be extracted? Let your local Knoxville dentist at Choto Family Dentistry help by performing an evaluation. Find out more by calling our office today at (865) 409-5077.
Choto Family Dentistry is proud to offer services to patients in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.