Dental Tooth Extractions (Sedation Available)

It’s true that a healthy smile is essential for great overall health. Sometimes, tooth extractions become necessary to stop the spread of disease or eliminate the source of painful infections. If you find yourself in need of a tooth extraction in Atlanta, GA, look no further than Upper West Midtown Dentistry. Led by the compassionate and highly skilled dentists, Dr. Praylo and Dr. Vaughn, our esteemed practice is dedicated to providing gentle and exceptional dental care for all ages.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Having a tooth removed isn’t something we recommend if your teeth are healthy. However, extractions may be necessary whenever a tooth is not restorable or jeopardizes the teeth around it. Here are some common reasons why one of our Atlanta dentists may recommend a tooth extraction:
Severe Tooth Decay

When cavities have progressed to an advanced stage, causing substantial damage to the tooth, there may not be enough tooth structure to support a crown or filling. Extracting the tooth may be necessary to prevent further infection (such as abscesses) and protect the surrounding teeth from the spread of decay.

Advanced Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can result in the loss of supporting gum tissues and bone around your teeth. In advanced cases, teeth will become mobile and eventually fall out. Extracting severely-infected teeth can help stop the spread of periodontitis and jump-start your smile restoration process.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often lack the space to erupt properly. This can cause them to become infected, cause pain, and potentially damage the adjacent teeth. Removing impacted wisdom teeth helps protect the healthy teeth adjacent to them.

Dental Trauma

In cases of severe traumatic injuries, such as a broken or fractured tooth, extraction may be necessary if the tooth cannot be restored through more conventional methods.

Tooth Extractions in Atlanta, GA - Upper West Midtown Dentistry
Tooth Extractions in Atlanta, GA - Upper West Midtown Dentistry

Tooth Extraction Procedure

During your dental extraction appointment, we carefully numb the area around the tooth, ensuring a comfortable process. Our dentists are also licensed to administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or prescribe an anti-anxiety medication- if you prefer a little something extra.

Most people return to their normal daily activities by the next day. We’ll discuss any special precautions you may need to take—as is the case with surgical extractions—and options for replacing your tooth afterward.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After a dental extraction, proper aftercare helps promote healing and prevent unnecessary complications. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
  1. Bite down on a clean gauze pad to control bleeding. Change the gauze as needed and avoid excessive spitting or rinsing for the first 24 hours.
  2. Apply a cold compress for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours.
  3. Take any prescribed medication as directed. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended.
  4. Avoid strenuous activities, smoking, and drinking through a straw for at least 3-4 days, as these can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  5. Eat soft foods and avoid chewing near the extraction site until it is fully healed. Gradually reintroduce firmer foods as tolerated.
  6. Maintain good oral hygiene by gently brushing your teeth, avoiding the extraction site, and rinsing with a saltwater solution after meals or snacks.
Tooth Extractions in Atlanta, GA - Upper West Midtown Dentistry
Tooth Extractions in Atlanta, GA - Upper West Midtown Dentistry

Replace Your Missing Tooth

Following an extraction, it’s essential to consider tooth replacement options to restore the function and aesthetics of your bite. This will also prevent your teeth from shifting out of alignment or contributing to irregular tooth wear. Upper West Midtown Dentistry offers a range of tooth replacement restorations, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. During your consultation with Dr. Praylo or Dr. Vaughn, they will evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most suitable option for replacing your missing tooth.

Schedule a Consultation

If you need a dental extraction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Praylo or Dr. Vaughn at Upper West Midtown Dentistry. Our office can offer a private in-house membership program.