Are you experiencing severe dental pain in a decayed or infected tooth? Are you scared of having a tooth pulled?
Gateway Family Dentistry in Murfreesboro, TN specializes in pain-free tooth extractions and sedation dentistry to give you peace of mind.
Do You Need To Have a Tooth Pulled?
Many of us are terrified of getting a tooth pulled. And it’s easy to see why. Tooth extraction is portrayed as a gruesome, painful experience. Fortunately, advances in dental techniques and procedures have made it much easier to treat a painful tooth so extraction isn’t necessary.
Sometimes, the tooth has a simple infection that can be cured with medication or a root canal procedure. Other times, the infection has traveled deep into the jaw tissue. Serious infections often necessitate removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental prosthetic.
You’ll need to visit a dentist to determine the actual condition of the affected tooth.
When Does a Tooth Need to Be Pulled?
Here are some key reasons to get a tooth pulled:
- Impaction (the tooth is growing in sideways) – An impacted tooth fails to erupt horizontally and grow normally. It can erupt partially or get trapped under the gum line, causing severe pain and even infection. It can also cause crowding of other teeth, leading to gum irritation and facial swelling. Impacted teeth that are causing discomfort and infection should be extracted.
- Gum Disease (periodontitis) – Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Symptoms include red, swollen, tender gums that bleed during brushing or flossing. You may also notice that your gums are receding, leaving more of the tooth structure exposed. Over time, gum recession can cause pockets to form between the gum tissue and the tooth. Bacteria can gather in these pockets and cause infection, gum damage and even life-threatening abscesses.
- Irreparable Decay – A tooth with extensive decay or deep cavities is often too weak to repair with a crown or filling. Oftentimes, the best course of action is to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.
If you have a tooth that causes you chronic pain, visit a dentist immediately. You could have a serious infection.
What to Expect From a Dental Extraction at Gateway Family Dentistry
Many people avoid the dentist because they associate dental procedures with excruciating pain. Fortunately, advances in pain management techniques have allowed many dentists to offer a pain-free experience.
At Gateway Family Dentistry, we understand how scary it can be to get a tooth pulled. That’s why we offer each of our patients the pain relief and customized sedation they need to feel comfortable during the procedure.
Before each dental extraction procedure begins, our dentist will numb your affected tooth and surrounding areas with local anesthetic. The anesthetic levels are customized to your pain tolerance levels. Once you feel comfortable, we remove the tooth using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art tools. We also offer in-depth follow-up care instructions so you can enjoy optimal recovery.
During your follow-up session with Gateway Family Dentistry, we provide a consultation on tooth replacement options like dental implants. When you’re ready to schedule your dental implant, we will help you each step of the way.
Contact Gateway Family Dentistry to schedule your first examination. We will work with you to provide a pain-free experience each and every time.