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Extractions

One of the main goals of modern dentistry is the prevention of tooth loss.  However, it is sometimes necessary to extract a tooth.  Some of the reasons for tooth extraction are:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth (mainly wisdom teeth)

Tooth extraction procedures are vastly less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and Dr. Mills’ advanced surgical techniques.  In many cases, patients experience little to no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.

If wisdom teeth are causing a problem and are not pulled, they can sometimes become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: pain, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:

  • Facial swelling
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Gum swelling

Post Operative Care

It is extremely important that patients with extracted teeth do not smoke for 4-5 days after the procedure.  In addition, vigorous brushing and rinsing or drinking through a straw are discourage because they hinder the healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.  Please see our Post Op Instructions for complete directions after surgery.

What our patients are saying about us.

Thank you ladies and Dr. Mills for setting me at ease during my tooth extraction. I had a great experience despite the circumstances. I highly recommend Dr. Mills and his staff no matter what age you are!!

- Kathleen S.

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