At Buxton Family Dental, we are here to provide you with all the tools and support you need to enjoy a healthy smile that lasts. However, there may come a time when our only option for protecting your oral health is removing a tooth.
We know that facing tooth extraction can be overwhelming, but we will never recommend the procedure unless we have exhausted all other options.
If we find that you need to have a tooth extracted, first Dr. Kendell Buxton will help you understand what is happening in your mouth and why the tooth needs to come out. Then we will talk about your tooth replacement options so you can begin to look forward to having a full, healthy smile again!
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are several cases where we would recommend extraction as the best solution:
- Advanced tooth decay, the most common reason for extraction
- A severe gum infection that also compromises the tissue and supporting bone
- Wisdom teeth that threaten the health and positioning of surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment to achieve optimal results
Most simple extractions can be performed here at our office, but in the case of a more complex procedure, Dr. Buxton may refer you to a trusted local oral surgeon. If this is the case, you can be confident that he will consult with the specialist and continue to oversee your care.
Compassionate Care You Can Rely On
If we recommend extraction, you can be confident that our kind and caring team will be there to support you through your procedure every step of the way. Our goal is always to gently remove the tooth while protecting the surrounding bone and tissue so that you’ll have minimal discomfort afterward and heal more quickly.
We are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation if you would like to comfortably drift off during your procedure. Just sit back and breathe normally through a small nasal mask, and in moments, you will experience a dreamy, slightly euphoric feeling as the activity around you recedes into the background.
If you need a little extra help, Dr. Buxton will prescribe a mild sedative for you to take about an hour before your appointment. That way, you will arrive at our office feeling calm and remain relaxed throughout the procedure. Oral sedation stays in your system longer, so you will need a driver to get you to and from our office.
For patients with extreme anxiety, in-office IV sedation is often the best approach. A nurse anesthetist comes to our office to safely administer the medicine so you know you are in good hands. IV sedation puts you at the edge of unconsciousness, and most patients have no memory at all of what happened during their appointment.
A simple extraction has a fairly short recovery time, but we recommend that you plan to take it easy on the day of your procedure. Before you leave our office, we’ll give you a list of after-care instructions that will promote faster healing.
We typically recommend that you choose a diet of soft foods like yogurt or soups for the day or two after extraction. Avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking through a straw as the sucking action of both can dislodge the clot that is forming to protect the extraction site.
Please Contact Our Office
If you suspect that you need a tooth removed, please call Buxton Family Dental for an appointment. We will provide you with the supportive care you need to restore your smile back to full health.