Tooth Extractions in Huntersville

Extracted Tooth

The Smile Architects provides tooth extractions in Huntersville, NC. Call 704-875-1621 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Our goal as dentists is to save your natural teeth whenever possible, as this is usually the best option for your dental health. In some circumstances, teeth must be extracted in order to restore oral health. The most common reasons for extractions are infections or dental trauma that cannot be repaired and crowding.

What Happens During a Tooth Extraction Procedure

Unless your tooth is fully or partially impacted, we can perform a simple extraction right in our office.

Before your extraction, the tooth and the soft tissue surrounding it are numbed with local anesthetic injections. A special dental instrument called an elevator is used to gently loosen your tooth from the jaw. Then, the tooth is carefully removed with forceps. We place bone grafting material and a resorbable membrane in the socket after your tooth is extracted in order to help preserve the jawbone. This is particularly important if you plan on replacing your tooth with a dental implant in the future. The overall procedure takes very little time; you may or may not need sutures to close your gums once the extraction is complete.

We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to follow in the days and weeks after your tooth extraction. Recovery from a simple extraction usually takes a few days; it’s important to get rest and relax during this time, as this helps promote healing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extractions

  • How painful is a tooth extraction?

    Tooth extractions aren’t painful, although you are likely to feel sensations of pulling and pressure, similar to what you might experience with any other dental procedure that involves local anesthetic injections. Once the local anesthesia begins to wear off, you will feel some discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses.

  • How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

    It can take up to four weeks for the soft tissue to heal after a tooth extraction, but usually after two or three days, you’ll feel well enough to go back to your normal daily activities.

  • How soon after a tooth extraction can I eat?

    You can eat as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, although it’s safest to wait until the local anesthesia has fully worn off so you don’t risk biting your tongue or cheeks. In the 24 hours after the surgery, you should consume a liquid and soft foods diet. After this initial period, you can begin introducing other foods when you feel comfortable doing so.

  • Can I go back to work after a tooth extraction?

    No, we don’t advise going back to work after a tooth extraction. Plan on taking off of work the day of your extraction.

  • What’s the difference between a simple tooth extraction and a surgical tooth extraction?

    A surgical extraction is needed when a tooth is fully or partially impacted or broken off close to the bone—in other words, it hasn’t completely erupted because it is stuck in the jawbone or an adjacent tooth is in its way. Surgical extractions involve making an incision in the gums to access the tooth and jawbone; in some cases, bone may need to be removed in order to extract the tooth. Surgical extractions usually have a longer, more uncomfortable recovery than simple extractions.