Northside Oral Surgery
4700 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338
The idea of having a tooth removed is never a pleasant prospect; however, there are situations where it may be the only viable option. Our dentists and staff will take the time to understand your dental issues and concerns and will make the extraction process as worry-free and painless as possible.
The cost of an extraction can vary based on the complexity of the dental issue and the location of the tooth. If you have dental insurance, at least a percentage of your cost may be covered. We will provide you with an estimation of your cost following your consultation.
Our dentists typically perform extractions when the tooth is visible above the gumline and can be easily grasped with forceps. This is known as a simple extraction. If your tooth is fully or partially impacted, we may have to perform a surgical extraction.
We always try to save a tooth whenever we can. In cases where disease or decay threatens the health of the surrounding teeth, the structure of the tooth is compromised beyond repair, or the patient is experiencing significant pain, extraction may be the best option.
If the damage is relatively superficial, it may be possible to restore the tooth with a root canal. Once the damage reaches the middle of the tooth, an extraction may be the only option. Our dentist can determine which option is best for your dental issue. If you do have a tooth removed, we do recommend that you get a replacement as soon as possible to ensure that the rest of your teeth remain in the proper position.
In advanced stages of gum disease, the ligaments and other supporting structures that hold the teeth in place are attacked and destroyed by bacteria and infection under the gumline. This can lead to tooth loss and pain. A dentist may recommend removing the affected tooth to protect the health of your remaining teeth and alleviate your pain.
Many people get a third set of molars (wisdom teeth) during their late teens or early adulthood. In many cases, the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these additional teeth, so they come in crooked, which can damage the surrounding teeth, or they become impacted under the gum. When this occurs, the tooth must be removed to ease pain and prevent damage to the other teeth. Fortunately, we are able to remove the tooth in our dental office even if the tooth is impacted, as we are specialists in surgical extraction.
It is common for teeth to grow in crooked when there are too many teeth for the size of the jaw. If an orthodontist has recommended braces to straighten your teeth, you may need to have one or more teeth removed to make room for the teeth to shift during treatment.
Before you leave our office, we will provide you with at-home instructions that you will need to follow for the first 24 hours after your extraction. These instructions will minimize any postoperative discomfort and help to prevent dry socket by ensuring that a blood clot forms at the extraction site.
In the case of a simple extraction, you can return to most activities within 24 hours, but you should avoid anything strenuous. Your dentist will tell you when it is safe to resume more strenuous activities. Most patients are completely healed within a week, but you may take longer if you have a more complex extraction, such as having a wisdom tooth removed.
Are you looking for a skilled and compassionate dentist to perform a tooth extraction in Dunwoody? If so, call (770) 648-1402 today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable dental professionals.