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Teeth Extractions

Braselton Smile Studio: Oluyemi Workman, DDS

Dentist located in Braselton, GA

From severely decayed teeth to impacted wisdom teeth, extractions offer a solution when you need to have a tooth removed. At Braselton Smile Studio in Braselton, Georgia, Dr. Oluyemi Workman, DDS, offers teeth extraction services to meet your oral health needs. To determine if you require a tooth extraction, call Braselton Smile Studio or request an appointment online today.

Teeth Extractions Q & A

What are teeth extractions?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that removes your tooth and tooth root. Dentists use this procedure to remove teeth that are damaged, highly decayed, or impacted, such as your wisdom teeth. Your dentist may also recommend extracting teeth if your mouth is too crowded and you’re preparing for orthodontic treatment.

If tooth decay reaches the pulp of your tooth, the center containing nerves and blood vessels, you have a high risk of developing an infection, and your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth.

Why do you extract wisdom teeth?

Dr. Workman performs wisdom teeth extractions for an array of reasons. Wisdom teeth are the large teeth in the back of your mouth. Often called the third molars, wisdom teeth typically begin to erupt between ages 17-25.

Wisdom teeth rarely emerge as they should. Oftentimes, they become impacted, which means they’re stuck in your jawbone or growing parallel to your jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can put a strain on your other teeth, causing crowding, pain, and discomfort at the back of your jaw.

When wisdom teeth aren’t extracted, you may have an increased risk of developing dental issues such as:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

If you have concerns about wisdom teeth, contact Dr. Workman and the team at Braselton Smile Studio. 

What should you expect after a tooth extraction?

When Dr. Workman extracts your tooth, you should expect some swelling and bleeding. You may experience some discomfort, which you can manage with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Dr. Workman packs your gums with gauze, which you should replace periodically throughout the day. Bite down on the gauze as much as possible to apply pressure to your wound, helping to quell the bleeding.

Without proper aftercare, you can suffer from a range of complications, including infection and dry sockets. Dr. Workman asks you to:

  • Apply ice in 10-minute intervals throughout the day
  • Take it easy for the first 24 hours with limited activity
  • Not spit with force for the first 24 hours
  • Rinse with saltwater multiple times daily after the first 24 hours
  • Avoid drinking from a straw
  • Stop smoking to promote healing
  • Eat soft foods and slowly introduce solids as you heal
  • Prop your head with pillows when reclining

During your appointment, Dr. Workman provides more detailed instructions based on your specific needs.

If you need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Braselton Smile Studio by calling the office or booking online today.