Gentle Tooth Extractions in Winston Salem
At the Winston-Salem practice of Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs, our main priority is to keep all your natural teeth for as long as possible. Through preventive and general dental care along with diligent at-home oral routines like brushing and flossing, we can prevent many common issues that lead to tooth decay or infection.
Here at the dental office of Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS, we offer preventive services to help you maintain a healthy smile and dental restorations that strengthen and protect damaged teeth. Our goal is to do everything possible to save a problematic tooth; however, in some cases, extraction of the tooth may be necessary to protect your overall oral health.
If Dr. Tibbs has recommended a dental extraction in Winston-Salem, chances are it’s the best option for your dental well-being. We work hard to ensure that your experience to make the procedure comfortable and stress-free. We offer tooth replacement options to restore your smile.
- Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions
- Your Oral Needs Come First
- Your Dental Extraction Surgery After Care
- Arrange a Consultation with our Winston-Salem Team
Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction
Dr. Tibbs may recommend tooth extraction as the healthiest option in several cases. For instance, we may need to extract a tooth because of severe decay, advanced gum disease, or when other types of treatment are not feasible. We may also need to remove a tooth because it’s not appropriately positioned, as in the case of wisdom teeth, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment or denture therapy.
Common reasons for dental extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Tooth infection
- Overcrowding in the mouth
- Make room for orthodontic treatment
- Illness or medication
- Fractured teeth at or below the gum line
- Impacted teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Wisdom teeth
- Stubborn baby teeth
- Trauma from an accident
- Damage or injury
Even for patients who aren’t necessarily anxious about dental visits, facing tooth extraction can be challenging. But with an experienced Winston-Salem dentist like Dr. Tibbs and the attention of a caring dental team of professionals, tooth extraction is not stressful or complicated.
There are two types of dental extractions:
Simple extraction—Dr. Tibbs performs this extraction by using an instrument to loosen and extract the tooth. Most of these can be done using a local anesthetic. If you are feeling anxious before the procedure, let our Winston-Salem dental staff know. We are happy to administer nitrous oxide to keep patients relaxed and stress-free.
Surgical extraction—This is by name and nature a more serious and complex dental procedure. If the tooth has fractured below the gum line or hasn’t erupted beyond the gums, we need to make a surgical incision to remove it. Dr. Tibbs will administer a local anesthetic, and some cases may require general anesthesia.
During your dental check-up and examination with Dr. Tibbs, we will examine your general health and underlying illnesses or health concerns along with your current oral state. This appointment is a great time to ask any questions you may have to learn more about this process. Patient education is extremely important to us; we will always take the time to answer any of your questions and concerns.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Some patients don’t need to worry about their wisdom teeth coming in if they have space and alignment that supports them. Dr. Tibbs can make a comprehensive evaluation to make a proper recommendation about whether you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. If there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth to come through, they can affect neighboring teeth, cause pain, or shift the alignment of your smile.
If you feel pain or discomfort, call us immediately. The wisdom tooth may be impacted or not erupting correctly. In almost all cases, tooth pain indicates a serious dental issue that will not resolve itself when ignored.
Even if there is room for wisdom teeth to reside comfortably, they can be more challenging to clean and keep free of food particles. This can easily lead to tooth decay or gum disease, which means that wisdom teeth need extra attention and care.
Your Oral Needs Come First
Our focus is on building long-term, trusting relationships so we can get to know you and understand your needs. If we must extract a tooth, you can feel calm and relaxed, knowing that you're being cared for by friendly, familiar professionals who only want the best for you. We want you to feel comfortable, so we always include you in the decision-making process.
Dr. Tibbs won’t decide on any procedure until he’s sure he has answered any questions and explained how the treatment would benefit your long-term oral health. At this time, he will also discuss appropriate tooth replacement solutions with you. We offer several options for restoring the health and appearance of your smile, and Dr. Tibbs will take all the time you need to help you decide if dental implants, bridges, or full or partial dentures are the right solution for you.
It’s common to feel anxiety when facing tooth extraction, so please don’t be embarrassed if you need a little extra help to relax! We are pleased to offer safe, effective nitrous oxide sedation that works well for most of our patients. Nitrous won’t make you go to sleep, but it will help you feel pleasantly relaxed and calm, so you are less aware of what is happening around you.
After your procedure, we will send you home with instructions for care, then follow up with a phone call that evening to check-in and see how you’re doing.
Your Dental Extraction Surgery After Care
From simple tooth extraction to a more complicated surgical procedure, we always schedule follow-up dental appointments to check-in on your oral health, monitor your healing, take out any remaining sutures, and go over your tooth restoration options that are available.
Dr. Tibbs will go over with you how to avoid infection by keeping the surgical site clean, how to avoid smoking, and drinking with the use of a straw can help the healing process. If you have an infection after the dental extraction, Dr. Tibbs will typically prescribe antibiotics.
Please call our Winston-Salem dental office a call immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Numbness to the tongue, lips, or chin
- The extraction site is painful—this may indicate dry socket
- Fever or chills occur
- The swelling gets worse
- Trouble swallowing
- Bleeding that doesn’t clot after the first 24 hours
For tooth replacement options, we provide a vast array of dental treatment options that can restore your beautiful smile. Options include partial or complete dentures, fixed dental bridges, and dental implants.
Arrange a Consultation with our Winston Salem Team
If you are concerned that you may need a tooth extracted, please don’t delay this necessary dental procedure due to fear and anxiety. We know that the entire process of dental extraction can be off-putting and scary, but we work very hard to make all our patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Some dental procedures are necessary to protect your oral health and your general well-being, but they don’t have to be terrible.
Contact our Winston-Salem, NC dental office, and a knowledgeable member of our team will arrange a dental evaluation with Dr. Tibbs to go over your needs and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.