Tooth Extractions Specialist

Hillcrest Family Dentistry

Jas Bhattal, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Drayton, SC

Tooth extractions provide a safe and effective way to eliminate pain or discomfort caused by cavities, infection, or impaction. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jas Bhattal, DDS, and the team perform both simple and surgical tooth extractions. To schedule an appointment at the Drayton, South Carolina, practice, book online or call the office today.

Tooth Extractions Q&A

What are tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions are a common type of oral surgery that removes one (or several) teeth. The team might recommend extractions for:

  • Deep decay
  • Infection
  • Crowding
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Before receiving dentures

You might also benefit from extraction if you’re preparing to undergo chemotherapy. Damaged or infected teeth can increase your risk of complications. Removing them prior to treatment can help keep your mouth healthy.

How do I prepare for a tooth extraction?

Before performing an extraction, the team at Hillcrest Family Dentistry conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. They also take X-rays of your tooth to determine the extent of the damage or decay.

During your appointment, let the team know if you have a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease. To safely undergo an extraction, it’s important that these or other issues are stable. Otherwise, they may increase your risk of complications.

What are the types of tooth extractions?

At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, the team offers several types of tooth extractions, including:

Simple tooth extractions

If you have a damaged or decaying tooth above your gum line, the team might recommend a simple extraction. Prior to removing your tooth, the team administers a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Once the anesthesia sets in, the team loosens your tooth with a tool called an elevator and removes it with dental forceps.

Surgical tooth extractions

If you have a tooth affected by crowding or impaction, the team might recommend a surgical extraction. Prior to removing your tooth, the team administers a local anesthetic. After numbing your tooth roots and gums, they make an incision along your gums to access the tooth. The team splits the tooth into several pieces and removes them one at a time.

What is recovery like after tooth extractions?

Following a tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience some mild pain, swelling, and increased sensitivity. To ease inflammation, take over-the-counter pain medication or apply a bag of ice to your cheek. 

For the first 24 hours, only eat soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, or scrambled eggs. It’s important that you continue to brush and floss but do so carefully around the extraction site. In addition, avoid rinsing your mouth or smoking for at least a day. 

To learn more about tooth extractions, request a consultation at Hillcrest Family Dentistry. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.