Even though general dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms makes every attempt to save and maintain your natural teeth, there are instances when a tooth or teeth might have to be removed. A simple extraction takes out a tooth that's visible over the gums because of major decay or trauma to the tooth that cannot be repaired. If you have teeth that are still under your gums and need to come out, then Dr. Toms can perform a surgical extraction to alleviate the impaction. We see patients of all ages at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. for extractions. Our experienced staff will provide patient-first care with compassion. Our Gainesville, GA office has intravenous and oral-conscious sedation methods available throughout your treatment. Get in touch with our North Georgia office for more information or to schedule a tooth extraction consultation with Dr. Toms.
"It's difficult to know where to begin! Our family of 4, plus my mother, have all been cared for by Dr. Toms and his staff for over 20 years. From my children's dental needs (wisdom teeth, too!) to my elderly mother's care, Dr. Toms has always helped us sort through all options and guided us all the way. His skill and sensitivity put both of my children at ease and they now are adults who are comfortable with dental visits. Dr. Toms has been a great friend to our family! Very highly recommended."- J.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
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"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
"Great Dentist. friendly, efficient and personable staff. The dentist is honest and will not push unnecessary procedures."- C.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I recently moved to GA and had not established care with a dentist yet. While I was eating, a crown from a previous root canal came off. So, I needed to find a dentist ASAP! I have pretty significant dental-related anxiety and previously sought out a dentist certified in sedation dentistry for this reason. I found several several recommendations for Dr. Toms online and was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that he is certified and proficient in both oral and IV sedation. I called his office to schedule an appointment and did not expect a next-day appointment! The staff was so friendly on the phone, and even more welcoming in person! They made me feel like a long time regular patient from the first moment I met them! I filled out all of my paperwork online before my appointment and just had to sign them once I arrived., The check-in process was smooth and quick, and I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr.,Toms., They even scheduled my cleaning 2 days later! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / May 23, 2021
If your tooth was damaged or broken from decay, Dr. Toms can make every attempt to save it using a crown, dental bonding, or a filling. However, a tooth might be too decayed and will have to be removed. We do this to conserve the health of the rest of your teeth. You may also require a dental extraction to remove a tooth or teeth because of overcrowding. This generally involves your third molars, popularly called wisdom teeth, which grow in around age 17 – 21. Older kids with baby teeth that haven't naturally fallen out may also need to have an extraction so the adult teeth can erupt correctly. If you are a candidate for braces or contemplating Invisalign, then you might require a tooth extraction. This can make space for the remaining teeth to erupt more naturally — not forced and crowded.
What To Expect
Dental extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia on the area near the tooth being removed. Different forms of sedation may be used based on the degree of the extraction and also to help you stay relaxed in case you have some dental worries. Once you are prepared, Dr. Toms will start the procedure.
During a traditional extraction, Dr. Toms will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic and give you the sedation method you selected. He will use forceps and elevators to loosen and remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be broken up into smaller pieces for easier removal. When the tooth is out, Dr. Toms will close the incision in your gums.
Dr. Toms may write a prescription for antibiotics to be taken prior to and following an extraction.
Based upon the anesthesia and sedation used throughout your extraction, you might be required to have a responsible adult take you home. As your gums heal, you need to avoid smoking, using straws, and spitting to avoid developing a painful dry socket. We will go over instructions with you about dry sockets at your consultation appointment.
Your recovery will vary depending on the complexity of your extraction; however, many patients prefer to eat soft, room-temperature food for at least a couple of days. Dr. Toms will speak with you regarding what is normal as you recover and how to care for your gums. Your gums will probably be inflamed afterward, therefore Dr. Toms suggests over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses next to your cheek for comfort. Sometimes, Dr. Toms does give written prescriptions for pain medicine and/or antibiotics in severe cases. If you are to have a follow-up visit, you will schedule it with our front office. Throughout the year, keep your regular appointments at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. for dental exams and cleanings so Dr. Toms can track your oral health following the extraction.
Extraction is generally covered by dental insurance, but your sedation option may not be included. Prior to your extraction, we'll call your insurance company to determine your particular coverage and estimate your expenses. If you do not have dental insurance, then we can speak with you about the numerous payments and low-interest dental financing through CareCredit®.
A Worry-Free Tooth Extraction
Whether you've got a tooth that's damaged or if your mouth does not have the room for more teeth, an extraction in Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. will help improve your smile and oral health. Make a consultation with Dr. Toms in his office in Gainesville, GA to find out more about surgical and traditional extractions. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation options to help you stay relaxed and calm throughout your extraction. We are here to help you all the way.