Hammond Dental Sandy Springs
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Hammond Dental is a General Dental practice that also offers specialist dental care. Some of the general dental procedures we offer include teeth cleanings, fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Our specialized procedures include but are not limited to, root canals, tooth extractions, clear smile aligners, and dental implants. Located in Sandy Springs, GA, we gladly give metro-Atlanta remarkable dental care and while utilizing the most modern dental technology and practices. Bring the whole family and receive quality dental care all under one roof!
We like to ensure that you’re the most educated about your teeth and procedures prior to settling on treatment options. You can find out about our dental strategies and how they are performed by reading about some of our services. Book your appointment and talk to one of our experienced dentists today.
Why are teeth removed?
Your adult teeth are meant to last you a lifetime, but sometimes they must be removed due to complications of the teeth gums or jaw. Typically when a tooth is damaged, it is repaired with a filling, crown, or another form of a restorative dental procedure. However, when the damage to the tooth is too severe, like an infection that extends into the pulp of a tooth, the tooth cannot be repaired. It must be removed from the mouth to prevent further pain and infection. Basic tooth extractions are considered a part of general dentistry but can sometimes require a specialist if the tooth is in exceptionally bad shape.
There are several reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted from the mouth.
Some of the most commons reasons are:
- Decay has reached the center of the tooth
- An infection has spread to a large portion of the tooth and surrounding bone.
- Extra teeth are blocking new teeth from coming in
- Your teeth are crowded in your mouth
- Your baby teeth have not fallen out
- Wisdom teeth causing complications when growing into your mouth.
Is Tooth Pain Ruining Your Day?
Tooth pain is one of the leading causes of visits to the dentist. Don’t let tooth pain hold you back any longer. Often times, tooth infections left unchecked are too far along for treatment. In this instance, tooth extraction is needed. Tooth extractions are one of the last options for remedying tooth pain but it is one of the most effective procedures for relief as it takes on the problem directly.
If the tooth pain you are feeling is too intense you may be having a dental emergency and will need the tooth extracted immediately
Alternatives to Extracting a Tooth
A root canal treatment typically requires two visits to our office. First, the tooth is numbed by using local anesthesia. We will place a dental dam (a rubber sheet) around the tooth to keep it dry and to prevent the infection from spreading to the nearby tooth. Using dental instruments, a hole is drilled in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue, and any decay is removed from the tooth, and then the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a dental filling material. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from fracturing. At your next appointment, we will replace your temporary crown with a permanent one to restore the full structure and function of the tooth.
Tooth Extraction Cost
Tooth extractions typically fall under two different categories, simple extractions, and surgical extractions. Before moving forward with a tooth extraction procedure an initial exam and x-ray are needed to assess the severity of the issue. If you have tooth pain isolated to a single area a limited exam can be performed to assess the area. For patients, having issues in multiple areas of their comprehensive exam can be done. Simple tooth extractions cost $153. Surgical extractions are reserved for teeth in worse off conditions so they are more complicated. Surgical dental extractions cost $248.
If you are a new patient you can bring in your most recent set of x-rays and our doctors will provide you with a free second opinion.
The Pricing below is the out of pocket price for the procedures, the table does not reflect insurance coverage. For more exact pricing please call our front desk and provide them with your insurance provider so we can figure out your coverage percentages.
|Root Extraction (removal of residual roots)
Simple vs. Surgical Extractions
Simple tooth extractions are usually very straight forward procedures. Typically, this type of extraction occurs when the tooth to be removed is either fully or mostly intact. Once loosened, the tooth can be removed through the use of forceps. The tooth is then pulled and the extraction is completed.
Conversely, surgical extractions are not quite as simple as pulling the tooth out of the gums. For the most part, surgical extractions of the tooth may be required when a tooth has severe internal damage, is broken, is impacted (has not emerged from the gum line), or is not strong enough to be pulled out in its entirety. When a tooth is removed surgically, your doctor will first make an incision in the gum. Finally, the Doctor will then remove the tooth particles and use stitches to help the site heal properly.
What To Tell Your Dentist Before An Extraction
Tooth extractions are overall considered very safe procedures. However, as with many other medical procedures, there are risks. One of the main things to be concerned about is post-procedure infection. Since there is exposed tissue after the extraction, post-extraction care is extremely important. Though there is only a small chance of this happening, patients should still be mindful.
Before going through with a procedure, you should inform your dental care provider of any pre-existing conditions that you are concerned about as well as any medications you might be taking and your medical history,
If you have any of these pre-existing conditions please inform your doctor:
- A weakened immune system
- Damaged heart valves
- Liver Disease
- An Artificial Joint
- Any heart defects
Tooth Extraction Process
Our dentist begins with the administration of a local anesthetic to numb the gum, jawbone, and tooth. As the tooth is pulled out of its socket, you may feel some pressure but you should not feel pain. Some teeth require sectioning prior to their removal. This might be done if a tooth is firmly attached to the socket, for a tooth that has a curved root, or an impacted tooth. It simply means that the tooth needs to be cut into sections that will be extracted individually.
Post Extraction Care
It will take a few days until you are fully recovered from your procedure. It is not uncommon to experience slight sensitivity for a few days as well as some discomfort in the affected area. This should go away once the tooth heals and the inflammation diminishes.
While you are recovering, here is a quick reference of Do’s and Don’ts you should look out for:
|Apply an ice pack to the side of the face with the extracted tooth for the first day||Do not smoke or use tobacco products|
|Bite Down firmly on the gauze pack; change pack every 30-45 minutes as needed||Do not drink from a straw for 3-4 days after procedure|
|Elevate head with 2-3 pillows when lying down for the first 48 hours. This will help decrease swelling and bleeding from the extraction site||Do not swish liquid, rinse, or spit too vigorously, as the blood clot may be shaken loose|
|Eat soft foods or liquid diet for the first 48 hours. You do not one to tear your blood clot||Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking prescribed pain medication|
|Rinse mouth gently with warm salt water (1⁄2 tsp of salt in 8 oz of water). Let this soak in the mouth for 2-3 minutes||Do not participate in physical activity for the next two days following your extraction|
|Take pain relievers and other prescribed medications as directed if discomfort arises||Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach|
|Start alternating the prescription pain medication with an anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin) as directed, which will help relieve soreness||Do not drink any carbonated or alcoholic drinks for the first 48 hours following your extraction|
If you feel that you need a tooth extraction or would like to learn more about the procedure of extracting a tooth, please contact us to learn more and make an appointment.
After Your Dental Extraction
After your extraction procedure, the site will be closed with stitches. After the tooth has been removed, a blood clot will form in the socket of where the extracted tooth was. Your provider will place gauze into the socket and have you bite down on it in order to stop any additional bleeding. In some cases, the blood clot within the socket of the extraction can break loose so it is important to not swish around liquids in your mouth while the site is healing. Breaking off your blood clot can expose the bone of the extraction site, which is a very painful condition referred to as a dry socket. If this occurs the dentist will most likely place a dressing over the socket to protect it while a new clot forms in its place.
Due to soreness after the procedure, painkillers are prescribed by the doctor to help with the healing process. It is also recommended to apply ice regularly to the area to reduce inflammation. Above all, patients are urged to not drink from a straw, wash their mouth vigorously or brush their teeth for at least 24 hours following your procedure. It is also important to avoid eating hard to chew or crunchy foods. Under no circumstances should you smoke or use tobacco products while the procedure site heals.
For more information about caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction please refer to our post-procedure page.
My Tooth Has Been Extracted: Now What?
After having a successful dental extraction you will want to discuss with your dentist your options for getting the extracted tooth replaced. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better. When you have a tooth missing for extended periods of time it can cause your teeth to become misaligned. It can also cause your jaw bone to recede. The only way to prevent this from happening is by finding a replacement for the extracted tooth.
Dental implants are one of the most effective and popular solutions for replacing a missing tooth. Implants are molded to fit your new smile and are also colored to match the rest of your mouth. They are a great natural-looking solution to improve your smile Dental Implants are a great treatment option because they are low maintenance and are designed to last you a lifetime with proper care.
Book Your Appointment Today!
Hammond Dental is an expert in providing general dental procedures and restorations for the entire family. Our team of expert dentists and technicians are here to inform you every step of the way. Feel safe knowing you’re making the best decision for you and your family’s teeth when you choose Hammond Dental. Give us a call or message us on Facebook to book an appointment.
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