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Teeth Extraction in Cambridge

Tooth Extraction X-ray While no dentist ever wants to recommend tooth extraction, there are several cases where this may not be avoidable. The most commonly extracted teeth are third molars, wisdom teeth, but there are other situations in which extracting one or more teeth may be beneficial to a patient’s overall oral health. At Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery, we’re happy to provide expert surgical and non-surgical tooth removal. If you need one or more teeth extracted, it’s important you understand this is not necessarily bad news. Our skilled oral surgeon, Dr. Jeff Lee, can safely and comfortably remove your tooth, leaving you with a flawless, healthy smile. When necessary, we also offer a wide range of tooth replacement options, so your smile will be fully restored. Call our Marietta or Cambridge oral surgery practice today to schedule your tooth extraction consultation.

Some cases in which extraction may not be avoidable include:

Why You Should Visit an Oral Surgeon for Tooth Extraction

General dentists often offer tooth extractions, but these dentists do not have the same level of education, training, and hands on experience with advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Lee performs surgical treatments including tooth extractions on a daily basis, and he has the ability to perform even the most complex extractions with ease.

Some cases in which extraction may not be avoidable include:

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  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment on patients with severe crowding
  • When teeth are impacted (unable to erupt from the gum line)
  • When one or more teeth have severely decayed putting surrounding teeth at risk
  • When infection has spread into the gum line making patients ill
  • When teeth are broken beyond repair due to trauma
  • When the remaining natural dental structure is no longer strong enough to support a restoration

The Tooth Extraction Process

To extract teeth non-surgically, we simply numb the area, and use forceps to gently shift the tooth back and forth until it pulls free from the gums. In the majority of cases, permanent teeth need to be surgically removed. Depending on the state of the tooth to be extracted, the surgery may be as simple as removing minimal amounts of gum tissue or as complex as sectioning pieces of the tooth away from the bone to be extracted individually. Whatever the case, our team works with each patient to determine the best, safest, most comfortable means of tooth extraction, and we take time to develop a thorough treatment plan prior to your procedure.

Postoperative Care

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Following any surgery, you should plan to rest and relax for 48 to 72 hours. You should also avoid the site when brushing, flossing, and eating. You will likely experience some mild discomfort and swelling, but you should be able to address these issues with mild pain relievers and cold compresses. If you still experience significant discomfort or swelling after the first 72 hours, it’s important you contact Dr. Lee for an emergency appointment. You should also call right away if you experience heavy bleeding, have a foul odor in the mouth, or notice infection or inflammation in the soft tissue around the treatment site.

Dry socket is one of the most common oral health issues following tooth extraction. This occurs because the blood clot that forms over the socket is dislodged or disintegrates before the site is fully healed. When this occurs, you will experience severe pain and sensitivity due to the exposed bone and healing gum tissue. You can care for this issue at home by irrigating the socket with saline and covering the wound with sterile gauze. However, it’s best to let our team help you. We have gauze with healing and pain relieving ointments built in that will help you feel better right away.