Restoring Oral Health with Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions can help alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes with ailments such as overcrowded mouths, severe tooth decay, or jaw deterioration. At Green Gregson Family Dentistry, we use the latest dental technologies at our Metairie dental office to provide optimal comfort and efficiency during your treatment. Jeffrey Gregson, DDS has extensive training in oral surgery, taking a particular interest in extractions. In addition to removing one or more teeth, we can also provide high quality restorations when replacements are required following a tooth extraction.

Conditions that Require Tooth Extraction

As dentists, our primary goal is to preserve your natural teeth. We may use dental fillings or crowns to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Unfortunately, some teeth are beyond repair or cause misalignment and other complications. You may need a tooth extraction if:

  • Your teeth are overcrowded, resulting in misalignment
  • You have an infected tooth that we could not successfully treat with root canal therapy
  • One of your teeth is decayed beyond repair
  • You need one or more wisdom teeth removed

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

The tooth extraction procedure varies slightly depending on whether the tooth is fully erupted or is partially or fully impacted. An impacted tooth is one that never erupts through the surface of the gums. Damaged, decayed, and infected teeth are generally not impacted. This makes the extraction process less invasive.

In addition to removing one or more teeth, we can also provide high quality restorations when replacements are required following an extraction.

To remove a fully erupted tooth, we use forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth. This loosens it from the ligaments holding it in place. Once we have sufficiently loosened the tooth, we can easily pull it out. Partially or fully impacted teeth require surgical removal. We will create an incision in the gums and the underlying bone to access the tooth.

In some case, we may need to break the tooth into several pieces before removing it. This is commonly required with impacted wisdom teeth. Once the entire tooth has been removed, we will close up the incisions using dissolvable stitches.

Options for Sedation

To ensure your total comfort during a tooth extraction, we offer various options for sedation to put you at ease throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide inhalation, or laughing gas, is usually all most patients need for simple extractions. We also offer oral sedation. In this instance, you will take a prescribed pill approximately 30 minutes to an hour prior to your procedure to ensure your total comfort throughout. For more complicated procedures, you may be referred to a trusted oral surgeon.

Tooth Removal Aftercare

After you have one or more teeth removed, you must avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages and mouthwashes containing alcohol. Limit your physical activity for a few days so you do not agitate the empty socket. You may experience some swelling and bruising, but this is normal and should subside within a few days. Your doctor may provide pain medication to minimize discomfort, and you can use ice packs to help reduce any swelling.

Schedule an Exam Today

Most insurance companies cover the cost of tooth extractions, so there is no need to wait. If you are in pain because of impacted teeth or you have suffered dental trauma requiring the extraction of one or more teeth, call us at 504-849-0190 or fill out this form. We can evaluate the condition of your teeth, and if we determine that we cannot save your tooth with another procedure, we can perform tooth extraction to help alleviate your pain.