Schmitter Family Dental

Kristin Schmitter-Webster, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Brentwood, TN

If you suffer from a severely damaged or diseased tooth, an extraction may be necessary to improve your oral health and preserve the function of your smile. At Schmitter Family Dental in Brentwood, Tennessee, the practice provides safe and effective tooth extractions. Led by family dentist Kristin Schmitter-Webster, DDS, the team takes the time to understand the oral health needs of each patient. To find out if your tooth requires an extraction, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Extractions Q&A

Why might I need an extraction?

Tooth extractions are performed when a tooth is severely damaged and can’t be saved through procedures like fillings or dental bonding. There are a number of oral health concerns that can lead to an extraction, including:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Trauma or injury
  • Infections
  • Gum disease

Extractions are also sometimes used to improve the alignment of crowded teeth. 

If your tooth is damaged beyond repair, an extraction can relieve pain, improve your oral hygiene, and help you avoid further complications with your health. 

What should I expect from the procedure?

Before your extraction, Dr. Schmitter-Webster and her team perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health. This includes digital X-rays to help determine the status of your damaged tooth. Schmitter Family Dental specializes in a conservative approach to dental care and exhausts all possible treatment options before an extraction. 

To begin the procedure, Dr. Schmitter-Webster applies anesthesia to the treatment area. Although having a tooth pulled seems like a painful experience, Dr. Schmitter-Webster and her team do their best to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. 

She uses a device called an elevator to loosen the tooth and make it easier to remove. She then uses forceps to extract the damaged tooth and covers the area with gauze to control bleeding. You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection and promote a successful recovery. 

What is the aftercare for an extraction?

Recovering from an extraction typically takes just a few days. After the procedure, a clot naturally forms in the extraction site. This clot is essential to a successful recovery. It’s important to be gentle near the extraction site to avoid disrupting the clot. 

There are several steps you can take to promote a successful recovery, including:

  • Avoid forceful rinsing
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat soft foods
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling

You should also be sure to only change your gauze when it becomes soaked with blood. Prematurely changing your gauze can disrupt the formation of the clot, leading to a painful condition known as dry socket. 

After the procedure, you and Dr. Schmitter-Webster discuss your options for tooth restoration. Replacing an extracted tooth is the best way to avoid unwanted changes to the alignment of your teeth.

If you’re suffering from a damaged or diseased tooth and require an extraction, call Schmitter Family Dental or request an appointment online today.