Since the goal of dentistry is to preserve your teeth for a lifetime, tooth extraction is never our first choice. Unfortunately, if a tooth is too damaged by decay or infection, removing it is the only option that makes sense for your oral health.
Dr. Kate Dolin and Dr. Adam Spriggs are general dentists in Clayton, NC who have developed a reputation for their caring and compassionate approach to patient care and the quality dentistry they provide. Our patients appreciate these qualities, especially when facing tooth extraction.
If you need a tooth extraction, rest assured that we make your comfort a priority and do everything we can to provide a comfortable, stress-free procedure.
Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction
There are several reasons why our dentists in Clayton would suggest tooth extraction, and we will take time to explain why and how the procedure will benefit your oral health. Common reasons where tooth extraction is the right choice are:
- A decayed tooth that we can't save with a filling or crown
- An infected or abscessed tooth that we can't treat with a root canal
- A tooth that broke off below the gumline can’t be saved
- A tooth that has become unstable due to advanced gum disease
Dr. Kate or Dr. Adam may also recommend removing a tooth to prepare for dental implant placement, dentures, or orthodontic treatment.
A Comfortable, Stress-Free Tooth Extraction
When faced with tooth extraction, you couldn’t choose a more caring dental team than ours to handle the procedure. The process begins when your dentist uses powerful local anesthetics to numb the tooth they're treating. This means you won’t feel any pain during the procedure and ensures that you’ll remain comfortable at all times.
We also offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas if you want a more relaxing experience but still want to function and think clearly afterward. Nitrous keeps you calm during your procedure and wears off quickly after we stop administering it.
Self-Care after Tooth Extraction
After your tooth extraction, we will send you home with a post-extraction kit that includes instructions on caring for yourself after your procedure.
The biggest threat to your comfortable recovery is a condition called dry socket that disrupts the formation of a healing clot over the extraction site. Follow our instructions carefully to avoid this complication, and don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
Do You Think You Need Tooth Extraction?
Our goal is to do everything we can to keep you comfortable and protect your long-term oral health, and sometimes that means removing a hopelessly damaged tooth.
If you have a loose tooth or severe toothache and think you may need an emergency tooth extraction, call our Clayton, NC dental office so we can evaluate your needs and provide prompt treatment. We also serve patients in the surrounding communities of Garner, Wendell, Wilsons Mills, Smithfield, and beyond.