Remove Troublesome Teeth
Tooth Extractions in Holly Springs
At Spring Smiles, we will always try to save your teeth whenever possible, but there are some cases when it may be preferable to extract a troublesome tooth. If you do require a tooth extraction, Dr. Duncan will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire process and that your extraction is as gentle as possible.
What to Expect
The Extraction Process
To begin, Dr. Duncan will numb and clean the treatment area. Once your mouth has become fully numb, he will use specialized dental tools to loosen your tooth in its socket and prepare it for extraction. Next, he will grasp the tooth by the root using a forceps and pull it out. The area will then be cleaned, grafted and sutured shut to encourage proper healing.
Depending on the where the extraction is, a 3D CT scan will be taken in order for Dr. Duncan to see the entire picture of what is going on under the visual surface of the tooth structure. We want to make sure we are fully prepared should any unpredicted scenarios occur during surgery.
Do I Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are the rearmost set of molars, which usually grow in between the ages of 17-25. While they are a natural part of our mouths, most of us do not have enough room for them, which can cause some serious dental complications. For this reason, most people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed once they have fully erupted.
Stay Comfortable & Relaxed
We offer multiple sedation options to help you feel safe and comfortable during the extraction process. Laughing gas helps you stay calm during the procedure, or you can opt for deeper sedation with oral conscious sedation. To learn more and see which option is right for you, consult with Dr. Duncan during your consultation. He’ll discuss your unique needs and offer honest advice to help you determine which option is best for your treatment.
When Is Extraction Necessary?
Common Reasons for Tooth Removal
The most common reason for tooth removal is the improper eruption of wisdom teeth. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed as soon as they erupt to prevent oral health complications. Tooth extractions may also be necessary if an oral injury, tooth decay, or gum disease has damaged a tooth to such an extent that it cannot be saved.
Extractions are also sometimes required to prepare for another dental treatment, such as the placement of a dental implant or dentures. In some cases, tooth extractions may also be required to prepare for braces or other orthodontic treatments.
Aftercare & Recovery
After your tooth extraction, you’ll need to avoid heavy physical activity for about 72 hours and eat mostly soft foods for about a week. In addition, it’s important to avoid drinking through a straw to keep the blood clot intact in the socket of your extracted tooth and promote healing. Dr. Duncan will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery and aftercare instructions during your appointment. Follow them to ensure you recover from your extraction quickly!