Tooth Extractions in Bowling Green

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We offer tooth extractions to prepare for dentures and dental implants
Dr. Bryan Packard specializes in minimally-invasive wisdom tooth removal
Sedation available for difficult extractions, or patients who have dental anxiety
WHAT IS A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Tooth extraction is used to remove one or more teeth from your mouth, in order to remove damage, prepare for another dental procedure, or remove a wisdom tooth that is growing in improperly.

To start the procedure, Dr. Packard will numb the area, and administer sedation, if you desire. Then, using a special tool he will loosen the tooth in its socket and gently remove the tooth. Then, the area is cleaned and disinfected and typically sutured shut.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

You should be able to resume your normal activities within a day. Make sure to follow the recovery instructions given to you by Dr. Packard, take your medication as prescribed, and avoid doing things like drinking from straws or spitting, as this can displace the blood clot in your socket and cause a variety of complications.

Symptoms like pain and discomfort, mild bleeding, and swelling/discoloration are common after the procedure and should subside within a week. If you notice these kinds of symptoms after a week or longer, you need to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Packard.

How Much does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

The cost of extractions vary, so it’s always best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Packard at Precision Dental to make sure you know exactly how much your treatment will cost. We accept most major insurance plans, and we can also go over your options for payment plans and financing to ensure that care stays within your budget.

Why WOuld I need a tooth Extraction?

The most common reason for tooth extraction is that your wisdom teeth are growing in improperly. The wisdom teeth grow in much later than the rest of our teeth, usually in the late teens or early twenties, and they often grow in improperly, which can cause damage to the surrounding teeth, infections, and other complications. Because of this, they are typically removed by a dentist.

Tooth extractions may also be required to prepare for a restorative dental procedure, like a dental implant or a denture. Extractions may also be required when a root canal fails and a tooth is severely infected, due to periodontal disease, or if a tooth has been irreparably cracked or damaged by oral trauma, such as a slip and fall or a hard hit in a contact sport.

Does It Hurt To Get A Tooth Pulled?

No. If you’re worried about pain and discomfort during the extraction process, Precision Dental is where you want to be. Dr. Packard has years of experience extracting teeth, and we use the latest numbing techniques to fully numb the treatment area and ensure you do not experience any pain or discomfort.

Not only that, we also offer sedation dentistry in Bowling Green. You can choose between laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and a pill-based form of sedation. Either way, you’ll be able to feel comfortable throughout your treatment. 

However, you can expect some pain and discomfort as you recover, since extracting a tooth is an invasive procedure. As your extraction site heals, this will begin to fade. Dr. Packard will provide you with instructions on how to minimize pain and speed up the healing process. Extracting a tooth is an invasive procedure, and does result in some discomfort.

Should I replace my missing tooth?

Yes. Unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth extracted, you should replace your missing tooth as soon as you can with a prosthetic like a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant at Precision Dental. There are a few different reasons for this.

First, losing a tooth can negatively affect your appearance, particularly if you need to have one of your front teeth pulled. You may feel self-conscious about smiling or showing your teeth around others after tooth loss. You may also find that it’s harder to eat your favorite foods, and to speak clearly. 

Beyond this, a lost tooth also can cause oral health problems. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth will usually move toward the now-empty socket to try to fill the gap caused by tooth loss. This can cause issues with your teeth and your bite alignment.

Losing a tooth also will cause loss of the jaw bone below the missing tooth over time, unless you get a dental implant. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants stimulate the jaw bone and stabilize it, preventing jaw bone loss due to tooth extraction. 

What happens if I don't treat an infected or damaged tooth?

First, you’re going to experience pain. A lot of pain. If you have a large cavity or a damaged tooth, the inside of the tooth will eventually become infected. The “pulp” inside your tooth contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive.

As this pulp is attacked by oral bacteria, it will die. Since it’s full of nerves, this will cause you a lot of pain and discomfort. Toothaches caused by damaged, infected teeth can be excruciating. 

Eventually, though, you may stop feeling any pain. This is because the tooth will be dead. It may still be in your mouth, but it will eventually fall out, and will require replacement. This could take months or even years depending on the situation. 

Finally, there is a risk of further complications. Most notably, the infection could spread from your tooth into the rest of your mouth and your body through the gum and bone tissue. When bacteria begin to infect your bloodstream, this is called “sepsis,” and it’s a life-threatening condition that can lead to permanent damage or shutdown of your major organs.

If you suspect you have a damaged tooth that requires extraction, don’t wait. Get a consultation with Dr. Packard to diagnose the issue and make sure you can get the help you need. If you avoid an extraction, you’ll go through a lot of pain, your tooth will die, and you could even risk your life. Contact us now for a consultation in Bowling Green. 

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