Tooth Extractions Overview
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.
"Had a very fast, and great experience in Dr. Toms office. Everyone was friendly, and very helpful."- T.R. / Facebook / Mar 24, 2020
"I have extreme anxiety and fear about the dentist. I had a lower molar that had been troubling me for years but no dentist could ever get it to numb enough to fix it due to my resistance to local anesthetics. Dr. Toms used sedation dentistry techniques to correct the issues with my tooth and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had with a dentist. I highly recommend his practice especially if you deal with anxiety over dentistry work. He and his staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was there only concern. The procedure was painless (although I must admit I dont think I was even awake for most of it) and just a few hours later I can acually chew again with a tooth I haven't been able to use for years. Thank you Dr. Toms!"- J.G. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Been seeing Dr. Tom's for about 10 years now, have had extensive work done. I am very happy with him and his staff always professional and courteous."- K.L. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
Best Candidates for Tooth Extractions
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 with Tooth Extractions
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.
Tooth Extractions Recovery
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.
Tooth Extractions Insurance Coverage
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.