Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are several reasons why Dr. Robert H. Watson may recommend tooth extraction in Charlotte, North Carolina. If a patient has a crowded mouth, they may not have room for new teeth to grow in properly. A tooth may even become impacted, or trapped between your jaw and your gum line. When this occurs, our dentist may recommend extraction to avoid infection and damage to the nearby teeth. If a patient’s tooth is too badly decayed to be treated with root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary to avoid the spread of infection. For patients who have compromised immune systems, even the risk of infection is reason enough to pull a tooth. Gingivitis is a disease that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support the teeth. If this disease has caused the loosening of one or more teeth, extraction may be necessary.
After a tooth is extracted, our dentist will send you home to recover for a few days. Relax for 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days. Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist and follow any instructions he gives you to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.