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Tooth Extractions Specialist

Simple Smiles

Dentists located in Johnson City, TN

There are times when removing a tooth is the best way to protect your dental wellness. The providers at Simple Smiles, in Johnson City, Tennessee, have extensive experience in tooth extraction to improve your smile and oral health. Whether you have a decayed tooth or need your wisdom teeth removed, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a simple, common dental procedure where the doctor removes one or more teeth. While it is usually the goal of dental care to protect your teeth, sometimes it is best for your oral health or to improve your smile to remove teeth.

Extracting a tooth can:

  • Alleviate pain or discomfort
  • Remove the source of infection
  • Avoid the spread of infection
  • Prevent bone deterioration
  • Treat dental overcrowding
  • Repair misalignment
  • Treat impacted or trapped teeth
  • Prepare for dentures or bridges
  • Improve the appearance of your smile

 Your dentist may recommend tooth extraction to treat a dental problem. Removing a tooth may also be one step in your full-mouth rehabilitation or smile makeover.

Why do I need a tooth extraction? 

Your dentist may recommend tooth extraction to treat a number of dental issues, including:

  • Dental pain or toothache
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Bone deterioration 
  • Loose or decayed teeth
  • Extra teeth 
  • Fractured, broken, or dead teeth 

You may need one or more of your wisdom teeth removed if the tooth doesn’t have room to grow or other teeth block it from erupting. Since wisdom teeth are the last ones to come in, they often get trapped under the bone, grow in at an angle, or are in the wrong position to grow up through the gums.

What does a tooth extraction entail?

Before your tooth extraction, your dentist takes digital X-rays and creates a surgical plan that fits your needs. They take time to answer questions and let you know what to expect during your procedure. 

You need to bring someone with you the day of your procedure, so they can get you safely home and receive instructions after the procedure. 

During your tooth extraction, the Simple Smiles team: 

  • Numbs the tooth and gums
  • Removes the tooth using forceps
  • Packs the open space with gauze

Our team offers specific instructions about how to care for your extraction site and what signs you need to watch for in case of complications. You may also schedule a follow-up visit or plan the next steps of your dental plan. 

To discuss or schedule your tooth extraction, call Simple Smiles or book an appointment online today.