Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth in Cullman
Comfortable and Gentle Extractions
While our doctors will do everything possible to save your tooth in whatever way they can, it can happen that a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair. A tooth extraction is then necessary to prevent painful swelling and infections.
Gentle Tooth Removal
Our doctors provide gentle tooth extractions. They will usually prescribe an antibiotic medication that you can take beforehand to prevent any complications that can sometimes arise after an extraction.
Your comfort is important to us
We will do everything we can to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you. Our dentists will thoroughly numb the area so you will not feel any discomfort during the extraction, and they will explain everything that is going to happen, so you will know what to expect.
We have blankets available for your comfort in the dental chair and you will be able to watch any of a number of local and national TV channels while you receive your treatment. You can also listen to music of your choice on Pandora Internet Radio.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the molars in the very back of your mouth that usually come in during your late teens or early twenties. They are also known as “third molars.” If they come in incorrectly or do not have enough room to come in, it may be necessary to extract them to prevent problems.
We take care of wisdom tooth extractions in certain situations, mainly when the tooth has already erupted (broken through the gum line). If your case is more complex, we will refer you to a trusted local specialist.
Socket Preservation for a Dental Implant or Bridge
A tooth socket is the hollow space in your jawbone in which the root of your tooth resides. After your tooth is extracted, your jawbone is left with an empty socket space. Over time, the empty space will heal and fill up with newly formed bone.
However, without intervention, the volume of bone in the area of the missing tooth will be much smaller than it was before. This creates a “sunken-in” spot on your dental ridge that can be visually unappealing. It can also make it difficult to properly replace your tooth in the future. Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant is only possible if there is enough bone present for the implant to be stable. Replacing your missing tooth with a bridge can also create problems, as food can get trapped in the sunken-in spot under your bridge and act as a breeding ground for infection.
As part of your extraction procedure, Dr. Bartlett can fill your empty tooth socket with a special bone grafting material that maintains the volume of your jawbone by encouraging new bone to grow in a specific, controlled manner. This technique is known as socket preservation. Socket preservation preserves the shape of your jawbone and prevents any problems you might otherwise encounter should you want to replace your missing tooth with a bridge or dental implant in the future.
To make an appointment, call 256‑841‑7222 or click here to request an appointment online.