Dental Extractions in Charlotte NC

Most of us plan on keeping our teeth for our entire lives, but sometimes extraction is the best option.

For instance, if a tooth is severely decayed or infected, extraction might be the only solution. Wisdom teeth also often need to be extracted. They may be unable to fully erupt, or they may be crowding the teeth already there. In other cases, extraction might be necessary as preparation for some other oral procedure.

Whatever the reason for your extraction, Dr. H. Justin Harlow can extract your tooth and ensure you have an anxiety-free experience with minimal discomfort.

When You Might Need a Tooth Extraction

Pulling a tooth is almost always a last resort, but here are some situations when it might be deemed necessary:

  • The site needs to be prepared for dental implants.
  • As part of treatment for gum disease.
  • A tooth is infected.
  • A tooth is inhibiting proper jaw function.
  • As part of a plan for orthodontic treatment.
  • A tooth is chipped or fractured.

How Tooth Extractions Are Performed

Dr. Harlow performs tooth extractions right here in our office, from baby teeth to permanent teeth to wisdom teeth. To make sure the procedure is painless for patients, local anesthesia is used to numb the area in question. Patients who are feeling anxious about the procedure can also opt for nitrous oxide.

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous enables patients to completely relax during the procedure while still remaining fully conscious. Its effects are immediate and start working the moment it is breathed in. The effects wear off just as quickly once the breathing mask is removed.

To prepare the tooth for extraction, your dentist will do one of two things:

  1. Break up the tooth into small pieces  
  2. Loosen the tooth with a dental instrument

Either will help ensure the procedure goes smoothly.

Once the tooth is removed, sutures might be used to help aid in healing. If you have sutures, they will most likely be the kind that dissolves on their own.

Taking Care of Yourself after Your Extraction

It is important to follow Dr. Harlow’s instructions for taking care of the extraction site after the procedure. Smoking is not recommended, nor is drinking through a straw. Both can cause the blood clot forming at the site to be dislodged, resulting in a condition called dry socket.

Try not to touch the affected area with your tongue and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth from which the tooth was extracted. Limiting yourself to soft foods the first couple of days after the procedure will help to make sure the site has a chance to heal.

Although you shouldn’t feel any pain after the procedure, there might be some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers will help you get through the initial hours. If you have been prescribed any medications, be sure to take those as instructed. If you have any swelling, you can put ice packs on your cheeks for some relief.   

Give our office a call if you have any questions or run into any problems.

Call Harlow Dental at Steele Creek for More Information on Extractions

If you believe you might need to have a tooth extracted, contact Dr. Harlow and his experienced team to ensure the entire extraction experience is a comfortable one!