Tooth Extractions An Overview
Tooth extractions are often recommended for patients with severe tooth decay, overcrowding, impacted teeth, or extensive tooth damage. After a complete evaluation, our team will determine if a tooth extraction is deemed necessary.
As an experienced periodontist and oral surgeon, Dr. Jody Harrison performs routine tooth extractions in the comfort of our Asheville, NC dentist office. We work with you every step of the way to ensure your questions are answered and your dental needs are met. Tooth extractions are a simple procedure that can be completed in just one visit to our Asheville dentist office. If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, we offer a full range of sedation options to help you feel comfortable and at ease during your treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Most patients develop their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early 20’s. Wisdom teeth will need to be removed if one or more of these conditions apply:
- Wisdom teeth are impacted
- Causes overcrowding
- Wisdom teeth have partially emerged
- Leads to an infection or cysts
At times, wisdom teeth need to be removed as a preventive measure. There are benefits to getting the wisdom teeth removed at a young age since the roots and bones surrounding the teeth are not fully developed. Recovery is typically faster for younger patients, and removing the wisdom teeth can help avoid complications, such as:
- Tooth pain
- Fluid retention (cysts)
- Damage to the neighboring teeth
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they are healthy, are fully erupted, can be cleaned properly, and if they do not disrupt the biting surfaces of neighboring teeth.
Replacing Extracted Teeth
If tooth extraction is not the result of wisdom teeth eruption or overcrowding, it is imperative that you receive a tooth replacement. Tooth replacement comes in many forms and choices; the most successful and natural looking choice is often a dental implant. Implants are designed to replace both the tooth root and the visible portion or crown of the tooth.
Dr. Harrison performs the surgical placement of the dental implant in our Asheville office using advanced technology and the latest techniques to ensure the final result is precise, personalized, and long-lasting. Explore more about dental implants and determine if they are right for you.
We will evaluate your dental health and explore your treatment options to determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. Our goal is to restore function, beauty, and health to your smile.