At Lassiter Family Dentistry, one of our primary goals is to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. However, some circumstances arise when removing a tooth is the best option for protecting your dental health. Therefore, Dr. Lassiter turns to tooth extraction as a last resort.
If you need a tooth extraction in Kingsland, Dr. Lassiter and his team make the process as comfortable and efficient as possible by combining his skills and expertise with state-of-the-art technology.
We also offer dental sedation in the form of nitrous oxide to help fearful or anxious patients get the treatment they need. In addition, nitrous oxide can help “take the edge off” during complex procedures like tooth extraction.
When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Lassiter might recommend tooth extraction in these situations:
- A tooth infection that we can’t eliminate with root canal treatment
- Dental trauma that injures a tooth beyond repair
- Tooth decay that is too severe to restore
- Wisdom teeth
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- To prepare for complete dentures
- To assist in orthodontic treatment
If you need a tooth extraction to protect your dental health, Dr. Lassiter will discuss the process with you and review your options for tooth replacement if it’s necessary.
When Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed
Wisdom teeth also called third molars, come in at the very back of your mouth behind your second molars. Due to their location, it can be hard to brush and floss them properly. When you can’t keep them clean, it increases your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
This is one reason we should remove wisdom teeth. Some other reasons we recommend extracting wisdom teeth are:
- Impaction. Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t come in, and they remain stuck below the gumline. Tooth impaction can result in an infection.
- Not enough room. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth, they may begin to crowd other teeth, ruining the results of previous orthodontic treatment.
- Odd positions. Wisdom teeth sometimes come in at odd angles that can be problematic for neighboring teeth.
Dr. Lassiter can evaluate your wisdom teeth and tell you if extracting them is the best option for your dental health.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Your team at Lassiter Family Dentistry is here to support you every step of the way during your tooth extraction procedure. We’re also here when you need us during your recovery process.
We’ll provide instructions for you to follow to make your recovery smooth and comfortable, but you’re always welcome to contact us if you need additional support during your recovery process.
Here are some guidelines to follow after your tooth extraction procedure:
- Keep gauze in place at the extraction site until bleeding subsides.
- Get plenty of rest and limit activities after your surgery.
- Stick to eating only soft foods the first few days.
- Use a cold pack off and on for swelling.
- Take pain medication as needed.
- Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw for a few days to keep your blood clot intact.
Contact Lassiter Family Dentistry
If you need a tooth extraction in Kingsland, GA, contact us at (912) 576-4011 to learn more about how we can help.