General Tooth Extractions
Comfortable Removal of Infected or Damaged Teeth
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to remove teeth quickly and easily to minimize recovery time. Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, Dr. Lewallen, and Dr. Bailey regularly perform tooth extractions at both of our offices in Franklin and Thompson’s Station, TN. Whether your dentist has advised you to get a tooth removed or you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted in Middle Tennessee, Southern Oral & Facial Surgery is the right place. Most tooth extractions are performed in one visit.
Common Causes for Tooth Extraction
While adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, some circumstances require them to be removed. As dental professionals, we make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. Extraction, however, is sometimes the only option left to maintain your oral health and protect your other teeth.
Sometimes, teeth that appear to be healthy still need to be removed due to too many teeth present in the mouth. The average human jaw can fit in only a certain number of teeth. if a young patient still has their baby teeth (deciduous teeth), or is born with too many teeth, or the mouth is too small for all the teeth to fit in the jaw, tooth extraction is often necessary.
Infection and/or Decay
If a tooth is decaying or has been infected, the tooth has to be treated in the early stages so the oral specialist can repair the tooth with a filling. If the tooth is left untreated, decay grows and affects the tooth, which may now require root canal therapy, a crown, or extraction.
Patients who are diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease may experience a shift in their teeth or notice their teeth become loose or seriously infected. Gum disease causes the gums to deteriorate, often resulting in loose teeth. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. While severe, periodontal disease is highly preventable by maintaining good oral health and practicing oral hygiene daily.
Teeth can easily be fractured or broken due to an accident or during a serious trauma. There has to be a viable tooth structure remaining for a filling or crown to work, but it may be recommended that the tooth be removed. Dental professionals stress the importance of fitted mouth guards to wear during sports or situations in which your teeth are exposed to possible impact.
Failed Root Canal Treatment
A root canal aims to remove the infected portion of a tooth. If the entire infection is not removed, it can create further infection that jeopardizes the entire tooth’s health. When left untreated, this infection can spread to other teeth and gums.
Vertical Cracks/Fractures of Teeth
When teeth become damaged, sometimes they can be restored with nonsurgical treatments. Fillings, root canals, or crowns are all viable solutions for tooth repair. When the damage is too extensive, your dentist may decide to refer you to an oral surgeon to have the tooth removed.
Need a Tooth Extracted in Franklin or Thompson’s Station, TN?
During your consultation, we will discuss your options for replacing the missing tooth or teeth with you. Sometimes, it is even possible to place a dental implant during the tooth extraction procedure, but this determination depends on your needs and oral health. We urge you to make an appointment at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery to learn about your options.
Types of Anesthesia
There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.
Hear From General Tooth Extractions Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing general tooth extractions at our office.
Reviews From Our General Tooth Extractions Patients
Jason Reviews His General Tooth Extractions Procedure
"Well, I came to see Dr. Clark to have my, actually, front two teeth extracted and implants placed. I had my front two teeth knocked out when I was very young, and basically, they were starting to fall out. I was a little nervous coming in at first, just because I didn’t know what to expect, kind of unfamiliar with the whole process. But once I came in, Dr. Clark and his staff was very good at explaining what was going to happen. My procedure went great; Dr. Clark said it was clinically almost perfect. I have a great smile now, very confident when I can talk and smile, so I was very pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Dr. Clark to any of my family, friends, associates; he is a great doctor, and I had a great experience with him."
Brian Reviews His General Tooth Extractions Procedure
"I had to come see Dr. Lewallen because I broke a tooth on a french fry, and I had to get it extracted, and I went ahead and elected to get a dental implant. I think the tooth had been dead for a while, so luckily, I was not in any pain. Oh, it went great with Dr. Lewallen. He explained everything that was going to be happening, told me the detail of everything he was going to be doing. Pretty amazing to see how the implant went in and what it actually is, and he showed me everything as he was doing it, and he literally had the tooth pulled and the implant put in within 30 minutes, it seemed like, or less, and I didn’t feel a thing. It was really smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend that all my friends and family come to see Dr. Lewallen at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Jim Reviews His General Tooth Extractions Procedure
"Well, I relocated to a new area in town, and I went to one of the associates of Dr. Young's, and they noticed some dental work that I needed to have done that was beyond repair, so I had to have an extraction done. Well, when I was told I needed an extraction, I felt kind of nervous about it and was concerned about the details of what was going to have to be done. Dr. Young was very helpful in explaining to me the procedures and what he would do and how he would get it accomplished, and I felt a lot more comfortable once he explained it. He's a really good guy. Dr. Young is a very patient-oriented doctor. I'd say he has excellent bedside manners or chairside manners. I would recommend Dr. Young for my family or my friends. He's definitely top-notch."
Sheena Reviews Her General Tooth Extractions Procedure
"When I first walked into Southern Oral & Facial Surgery, I felt very comfortable, welcomed, and safe. The staff are wonderful. They are always friendly, they’re always accommodating, and always willing to help. From the moment that the doctor walked into the room, I felt a sense of peace and I knew that I was at the right place. It was a successful procedure, and the doctors and staff reached out to me to make sure that I was okay. If you live in Franklin or Thompson’s Station and need oral surgery, I highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Robert Reviews His General Tooth Extractions Procedure
"Well, actually, I went to my regular dentist, and I had a crown come out. I thought it just had to be cemented back in, and after my dentist looked at it, he realized that my tooth was broken. So he referred me to Dr. Lewallen in the office near Brentwood, TN. Back in the 50s and 60s, dentistry basically consisted of you go to the dentist to get a tooth extracted, or you go to the dentist to get a filling. Crowns and those type things, other than partials...that was science fiction then. I woke up, I thought, after about 15 minutes, and he said, “OK, you’re ready to go.” I said, “Boy, that was quick,” and he looked at me and said, “Well, you’ve been here an hour and a half.” I said, “You’re kidding.” I said, “I have no pain. I feel the same I did as I walked in the door.” I said, “I don’t get it,” and he said, “Well, this is the new dentistry.” So, was I pleased? Oh, you just can’t believe how much I was pleased. Visit Dr. Lewallen near Brentwood, TN."
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