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Tooth Extractions in Auburn, AL

Professional Tooth Extractions at Bent Creek Dental

At Bent Creek Dental, we understand that the thought of having a tooth extracted can be daunting. However, tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to maintain your oral health and overall well-being. Our skilled and compassionate team is here to ensure that your extraction procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Why Extractions Are Necessary

There are several reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary, including:

  • Severe Decay: When a tooth is too damaged by decay to be repaired with a filling or crown, extraction may be the best option.

  • Infection: If an infection has reached the pulp of the tooth and cannot be treated with root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Overcrowding: Sometimes teeth need to be removed to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment, such as braces.

  • Impacted Teeth: Wisdom teeth or other teeth that are impacted (stuck in the gum) and cannot erupt properly may need to be extracted.

  • Gum Disease: Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become loose, and extraction may be needed to preserve the health of the surrounding teeth and gums.

What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

Our team at Bent Creek Dental is committed to providing a smooth and comfortable extraction experience. Here’s what you can expect:
Initial Consultation: Dr. Mathis will perform a thorough examination and discuss your symptoms and concerns. X-rays may be taken to assess the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone.

  • Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area around the tooth. For patients who are anxious, sedation options are also available.

  • Extraction Procedure: Using specialized tools, Dr. Mathis will carefully remove the tooth. The procedure is typically quick, and you will feel pressure but not pain.

  • Post-Extraction Care: After the tooth is removed, a gauze pad will be placed to control bleeding. Dr. Mathis will provide detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and minimize discomfort.

Aftercare and Recovery

Proper aftercare is essential for a smooth recovery following a tooth extraction. Here are some general guidelines:


  • Rest: Take it easy for the rest of the day and avoid strenuous activities.

  • Ice Pack: Apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling.

  • Medications: Take prescribed pain relievers and antibiotics as directed.

  • Avoid Smoking: Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.

  • Soft Foods: Stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that could irritate the extraction site.

  • Oral Hygiene: Keep your mouth clean, but avoid brushing the extraction site for the first 24 hours. Rinse gently with salt water starting the day after the extraction.

Benefits of Tooth Extractions

While tooth extractions might seem intimidating, they can provide significant benefits, including:

  • Pain Relief: Removing a severely decayed or infected tooth can alleviate pain and prevent further discomfort.

  • Improved Oral Health: Extracting problematic teeth can help maintain the health of your remaining teeth and gums.

  • Preparation for Orthodontics: Removing overcrowded teeth can create the necessary space for successful orthodontic treatment.

  • Prevention of Complications: Extracting impacted or problematic teeth can prevent future oral health issues.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you think you might need a tooth extraction, don’t wait. Call us today or book an appointment online to schedule your consultation. Dr. Mathis and the team at Bent Creek Dental are here to provide you with the highest quality care in a comfortable and supportive environment.

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