Complete Dentistry of Midland

General Dentistry located in Midland, NC

While our focus is to help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime, sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. In some situations, severely compromised teeth may leave extraction to be the only option. For quick and professional extractions, turn to Diana Millard, DMD at Complete Dentistry of Midland in Midland, North Carolina. Visit us when you’re in need of having a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation online or call our office.

Extractions Q & A

Why are extractions sometimes necessary?

Permanent teeth are built to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, some teeth might not. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

What should I expect from an extraction procedure?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. During this type of procedure, Dr. Millard at Complete Dentistry of Midland loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may be broken off close to the gumline or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. In these cases, the dentist makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Dr. Millard gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn't feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is typical with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.

What is the timeline for healing from a tooth extraction?

Based on how many teeth you had taken out and your individual condition, the beginning healing stage takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.

Since each situation is different, contact Dr. Millard and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.

Contact Complete Dentistry of Midland by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool.