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Tooth Extractions – Goodlettsville, TN

Pain-Free Extractions

The overwhelming majority of the time, our team is able to save even the most damaged teeth, but we’re not miracle workers! If the situation calls for it, our patients can trust us to provide safe, effective, and most of all, comfortable tooth extractions in Goodlettsville, TN. While it’s never our first choice, it’s an option that enables us to quickly get patients out of pain and replace their problem tooth with a much more reliable restoration, such as a dental implant.

Why Choose Goodlettsville Smiles for Tooth Extractions?

  • Patient comfort is priority #1
  • Dental sedation available
  • Wisdom tooth extractions performed in-house

Why You Might Need a Tooth Extraction

Woman holding cheek in pain in need of tooth extraction

We will only recommend that you get a tooth extraction if:

  • You have a cavity that is too large to be repaired with a filling or crown.
  • One of your teeth is so broken that it cannot be put back together.
  • The supporting bone for a tooth has been damaged by gum disease.
  • Room needs to be created in the mouth for a denture/orthodontic treatment

We can also perform gentle extractions for children if one of their baby teeth is blocking an erupting adult tooth.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Dentist in Goodlettsville holding an extracted tooth

No one wants to be told they need to have a tooth extracted, however, sometimes it’s the best option considering the circumstances. At the end of the day, Dr. McClain and the team members of Goodlettsville want what’s best for your oral health, and in certain cases that may mean removing a tooth that’s putting your smile at risk for future problems later. If you have any questions, you’re always encouraged to let us know during your appointment. Common questions we receive on tooth extractions can be found below for your convenience.

What’s the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Both procedures involve the removal of a tooth, but they are still different in their own unique ways. For example, wisdom tooth removal is specifically for taking out the third molars of teeth. In contrast, tooth extractions refer to any tooth that may be damaged beyond repair or the direct cause of overcrowding. Additionally, wisdom tooth extractions are often more complex and “surgical” in nature, meaning they may involve removal of teeth that are impacted or located beneath the gum line.

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

Whether it be preventive treatments or cosmetic enhancements, many patients are afraid of dental procedures because they may cause pain or discomfort. The good news is whether you need to have one tooth or multiple teeth removed, we’ll make sure you receive sufficient anesthetic beforehand to remove any sensations that could be felt during treatment. With that said, it’s normal to have some mild discomfort and soreness following your appointment. Make sure to follow all aftercare instructions provided by our office to reduce puffiness and speed up healing. If your discomfort does not improve, call us right away.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

In the event that you are getting a tooth removed that is not part of your visible smile, you might think that you won’t need to get it replaced since no one will see it. The reality is once a tooth is removed, you’re likely to experience increased difficulty with chewing and breaking down food, especially if a molar was taken out. Missing teeth also makes it harder to digest food properly, putting you at greater risk of digestive issues later in life. Even speech can be harder as the tongue relies on teeth to enunciate certain words. The best thing you can do is schedule a consultation with our office to discuss your tooth replacement options.

What Should I Do After My Tooth Extraction?

Once you return home, you’ll need to take time to rest. This allows your body to heal and recover from the procedure. Avoid any strenuous activities as well for the next day or two. Do not use a straw or spit with force as this can dislodge the blood clot that’s newly formed over the treatment site. Do not touch the affected area with your finger or tongue. Stick to soft foods over the next several days. Take prescribed pain medication as needed and be sure to return to our office for follow-up appointments.

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