lake hickory tooth extraction

Oral surgery can help tackle more advanced oral health concerns, protecting the health, function, and stability of your smile. One common example is tooth extraction. We could extract wisdom teeth before they erupt, and also address severe damage too. At your Lake Hickory dental office, we’re ready to offer oral surgery to gently and carefully extract a compromised tooth.

When a Tooth Needs to Be Removed

Typically, we will use restorative dentistry to repair or treat teeth with cavities, infection, or damage. But in some cases, situations that cannot be addressed with a crown. For example, severe damage or decay/infection that has reached a more advanced stage. At this point, removal helps protect the smile from the spread of infection. We could take out teeth loosened by gum disease, or to make room for orthodontic treatment. We could also conduct extractions to pave the way for your full dentures.

However, the most common reason is to remove wisdom teeth before they erupt and become impacted, leading to a higher risk of infection, misalignment, damaged teeth, and changes to your smile’s balance and beauty.

Planning Your Tooth’s Removable

We plan every oral surgery, no matter how minor, in detail before we get started. Our team will take a close look at your smile with digital x-rays to identify the position of the tooth and to plan the extraction without coming into contact with nerve tissues, blood vessels, or sinus cavities. We will also take steps to keep you comfortable. For example, we can administer a local numbing agent to the area where the extraction is taking place. We also have sedation, which means even patients with severe anxiety or special needs enter a calm and relaxed state before the procedure. Everyone deserves a positive experience, and we want to make that possible so you can obtain the care you need to enjoy optimal oral health.

Oral Surgery

The surgery itself could take as little as 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the issue being tackled. We will employ forceps to gently loosen and remove the tooth. If you have wisdom teeth that haven’t interrupted, we may need to open the gums above them to access them. The extraction site is treated and sutured closed. A friend or family member can bring you home, as sedation may take time to wear off. We will schedule a follow-up visit to make sure everything is healing as it should! If you have any questions, reach out to our team today.

Talk to Your Hickory, NC, Dentist About Extracting Wisdom Teeth

We would like to help you avoid major complications by removing damaged or infected teeth. To learn more about protecting your smile with oral surgery, simply contact Lake Hickory Dental in Hickory, NC by calling (828) 322-6731.