Having a tooth pulled may not be pleasant, but it’s often necessary–either to make way for a permanent tooth, or when a tooth becomes infected, decayed, or otherwise jeopardizes your health. Our Beaufort, SC dentists provide affordable and professional extraction services to ensure you get appropriate care before, during, and after a tooth extraction procedure.
Before Tooth Extraction
In most cases, a tooth extraction results in only mild pain. If you’re concerned about sensitivity, ask a member of our team about a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you need more than one tooth removed, or if the tooth is in a particularly sensitive area of the mouth, your dentist may suggest a general anesthetic so that you sleep throughout the extraction procedure.
During a Tooth Extraction
First, Dr. Covington or Dr. DuRant dentist will numb the gum with a local anesthetic. Once you’re comfortable, the dentist will gently loosen the tooth by rocking it back and forth. After the tooth becomes sufficiently loosened from the gum, the dentist will extract it, placing gauze over the socket to prevent excess bleeding. You may be asked to bite down on the gauze, holding it in place while a clot forms.
After a Tooth Extraction
If your tooth is removed for reasons other than to make way for a permanent tooth, your dentist may recommend a replacement. Otherwise, the teeth surrounding the now empty space may shift and lead to potential problems. There are many different replacement methods available. Dr. Covington or Dr. DuRant will discuss your options and recommend the best one based on your needs. It may be necessary to wait until your mouth has completely healed before having your tooth replaced.
Wisdom Teeth s
At Lowcountry Family Dentistry we are happy to provide a comprehensive evaluation on whether it’s time to remove your Wisdom teeth. When that time come, you’ll need a referral as we generally refer the removal of Wisdom teeth to an oral surgeon.