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Tooth Extractions Burlington, NC

Tooth extraction is always the treatment choice of last resort, but may be necessary for a number of situations:

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Advanced gum disease or infection
  • Significant tooth damage or decay

If a tooth extraction is considered necessary for the long-term maintenance of your oral health, we can perform the procedure in the comfort of our Burlington, NC dentist office. In most cases, tooth extraction is a rather simple procedure that can be completed with the use of a local anesthetic. Patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but in the case of advanced decay or infection, the tooth extraction may relieve pain.

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Replace Missing Teeth

Having missing teeth can affect your smile, the shape of your lower face, and your ability to eat certain foods. It can also cause bone loss and an unbalanced bite. An unbalanced bite will lead to TMJ symptoms. After a tooth is extracted, Dr. Fuller will recommend dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Implants are the number one recommended solution to missing teeth. They are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other teeth restorations. Implants are the only solution that permanently replaces teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The removal of wisdom teeth is often considered a “rite of passage” as we grow into adults. The reason for removing these third molars is to stabilize your long-term dental health and ensure that the fit of your bite is not impacted as they grow in. In many cases, wisdom teeth fail to erupt completely and are impacted in the jaw bone. Over time, this can put pressure on surrounding soft tissue, adjacent teeth, nerves, and even the ear canals. Your dentist at Fuller Dental will work with you to determine if your wisdom teeth should be removed.

The procedure for removing wisdom teeth may require dental sedation if there is bone involvement. Fuller Dental offers complete services for removing wisdom teeth in our dentist office, making it both convenient and comfortable for our patients

After the tooth is extracted, you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

To promote proper healing, avoid smoking, rinsing, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities can dislodge the clot, delay healing, and lead to dry socket. A cold cloth or ice bag may help with any pain or swelling. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally, however, take care to avoid the teeth next to the tooth socket.

If you or your child experience bleeding or sudden pain after your procedure, contact our office as soon as possible for advice on how to proceed. Give us a call at (336) 290-7401, or request an appointment online today.