Dr. Elizabeth Duling offers tooth extractions to her patients in Owens Cross Roads AL. Tooth extractions are needed when teeth are severely infected, damaged, or overcrowded. Impacted wisdom teeth may also need to be removed as they cause pain and tooth overcrowding for some patients.
As a general dental treatment, tooth extractions help remove the source of patients’ dental issues and often prevent problems from worsening. Patients may feel afraid that extractions are painful. However, we use local anesthetic and can also use nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. We always want our patients to feel comfortable when receiving treatment in our dental office.
Simple Tooth Extractions
Dr. Duling provides simple extractions, which remove teeth that are visible in the mouth. During treatment, the mouth is numbed and the patient is under dental sedation or anesthesia. Dr. Duling gently rocks the tooth back and forth, loosening it for extraction.
Simple extractions are typically used for overcrowded, damaged, or infected teeth. For more complex needs, we will refer you to a local surgeon. Dental implants can replace single extracted teeth, while bridges and dentures are recommended for patients with multiple or whole arches of missing teeth.
Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth typically begin to grow during your late teens or early twenties. Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth emerge in the very back of the mouth. However, most wisdom teeth do not have enough space to fully erupt. This causes impaction, which means they cannot come in vertically. Wisdom tooth impaction causes pain and can lead to overcrowded teeth.
Dr. Duling will take x-rays to monitor your wisdom teeth and determine if they need to be removed. She will often recommend dental sedation for this extraction. Following your treatment, avoid hard or chewy foods. We also recommend that patients take over-the-counter pain medication and use ice packs on their cheeks.
Receive Dental Care Today
Do you need to remove your wisdom teeth? Are you looking for treatment for overcrowded teeth? Call Dr. Duling for treatment by calling 256.202.4186. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Duling on our website.