Occasionally it becomes necessary for one of our patients to have a dental extraction. Whether it is from a disease or as a preventative measure, we know that the idea of extractions can cause our patients anxiety.
Fortunately, when you choose to have an extraction at Helms Family Dentistry in Huntsville, Alabama, you are in great hands. Dr. Helms has done hundreds of dental extractions and is skilled at both simple and surgical extractions. His gentle approach combined with his experience means that you will be well taken care of for your procedure.
Simple Dental Extractions
A simple dental extraction is the removal of a fully erupted tooth. Despite our best efforts to prevent tooth loss, occasionally an extraction is necessary. Some of the most common reasons for simple dental extractions include:
- Severe decay
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Fractured teeth
- Orthodontic treatment
- Malformed teeth
- Teeth growing in the wrong place
Dr. Helms and his team know that dental extractions can be scary. That is why he spends extra time with you so that you fully understand your procedure. He will make sure you are comfortable and numb and that all of your questions and concerns have been addressed prior to beginning treatment. At Helms Family Dentistry, your comfort is of the utmost importance, and we will treat you as gently as we treat our own families.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
It is common for wisdom teeth to be removed because of overcrowding. Having overcrowded teeth makes your teeth shift in a way that is not healthy for your bite. For your convenience, Dr. Helms can remove your wisdom teeth right in our Huntsville dental office, eliminating the need for a referral to another dentist.
Surgical Dental Extractions
A surgical dental extraction is a term used to describe extractions of teeth that are not fully erupted (impacted) or that involve an incision. Surgical dental extractions can be necessary for wisdom teeth that have not yet come through the gums but are causing problems by pushing on other teeth and creating shifting or pain.
Stitches may be necessary when you have a dental extraction. Fortunately, the mouth tends to heal very quickly, and you should start to notice significant improvements within a few days. Dr. Helms may decide to recommend additional medication to aid in healing the site of your dental extraction.
It is important that you follow the after-care directions Dr. Helms and his team provide to ensure that your gums heal properly. You may be asked to avoid certain behaviors until healing occurs.
Call to Schedule Your Dental Extraction
Contact us to schedule an evaluation. Hunstville dentist Dr. Alec Helms will be able to answer all of your questions about dental extractions and discuss which treatment options may work best for you.