Expert Tooth Extraction in Delaware, OH

If you’re in need of a tooth extraction in Delaware, OH, Eric Batterton, DDS is the trusted name for expert dental care. Dr. Batterton provides tooth extractions using the latest techniques and technology to ensure a gentle and pain-free extraction. With years of experience in the field, his top priority is restoring oral health and enhancing your smile in a comfortable and welcoming environment. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for tooth extraction services with Eric Batterton, DDS, in Delaware, OH.

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

At Eric Batterton, DDS, we believe in taking a proactive approach to oral health, providing tooth extraction services only when necessary to preserve the health and integrity of your smile. These are common situations when tooth extraction is necessary:

Severe Tooth Decay or Damage

One of the most common reasons for tooth extraction is severe decay or damage that cannot be repaired with fillings, crowns, or other restorative treatments. In some cases, tooth decay or damage can progress to the point where the tooth is at risk of fracturing or becoming infected. When this happens, a tooth extraction is necessary to protect the health of surrounding teeth and prevent further damage to your oral health.

Crowded or Misaligned Teeth

Crowded or misaligned teeth can cause a range of oral health issues, including:

  • Bite problems: Crowded or misaligned teeth cause issues with your bite, leading to pain, difficulty chewing, and headaches.
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking: Eating or speaking can be challenging when your teeth are crowded or misaligned, leading to malnutrition and social isolation.
  • Increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease: Crowded or misaligned teeth can make it harder to clean your teeth properly, increasing your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. If left untreated, this can cause pain, inflammation, and even tooth loss.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop and can sometimes become impacted, meaning they don’t fully emerge from the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause various issues, including pain, swelling, and infection. Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth can damage surrounding teeth or other oral health issues.

Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment

In some cases, tooth extraction may be necessary to prepare for the following dental work:

  • Braces: In some cases, tooth extraction may be necessary to make room for teeth that need to be shifted during treatment. This can be especially true if you have crowded or misaligned teeth.
  • Clear aligners: Similar to braces, clear aligners like Invisalign may require tooth extractions as part of the preparation process to make room for teeth that need to be shifted.
  • Jaw surgery: In more severe cases of misalignment, jaw surgery may be necessary to align the teeth and jaw properly. Sometimes a tooth extraction is required to ensure the best possible outcome in these cases.

Preparing for Tooth Extraction: Tips and Advice

Follow these tips so your tooth extraction process goes as smoothly as possible: 

Talk to Your Dentist

Before your tooth extraction, talk to Dr. Eric Batterton about any concerns or questions you have. He can help you understand the procedure and provide guidance on how to prepare. He may also recommend certain precautions, such as temporarily discontinuing certain medications or avoiding food and drink for a certain amount of time before the procedure.

Make Arrangements for Transportation

If you’ll be receiving sedation or anesthesia during your tooth extraction, make arrangements for transportation to and from our office. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery while under the effects of these medications, so it’s important to have a friend or family member available to assist you.

Plan for Aftercare

After your tooth extraction, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. It’s essential to plan for aftercare by having soft foods on hand and taking time off from work or other activities to rest and recover. You should also follow Dr. Batterton’s instructions for caring for the extraction site to promote healing and prevent infection.

  • Anesthesia: When you come in for a tooth extraction, you’ll start by receiving a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This will help ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. 
  • The Extraction Procedure: Dr. Eric will carefully remove the tooth using specialized instruments once you’re appropriately numbed. He’ll work quickly and efficiently to minimize discomfort and ensure that the extraction is as gentle and comfortable as possible.
  • Post-Extraction Care: After the tooth has been extracted, you’ll receive specific instructions on how to care for the extraction site to promote healing and prevent infection. This may include recommendations for diet, oral hygiene, and medications to manage any discomfort in the days following the procedure.

Follow these tips and guidelines, so your mouth heals properly after a tooth extraction procedure:

  • Bite down on gauze to help control bleeding
  • Apply ice to your face to help reduce swelling
  • Avoid drinking through a straw or smoking for at least 24 hours
  • Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the extraction site
  • Brush and floss your teeth gently, avoiding the extraction site
  • Take any medications as prescribed by your dentist
  • Follow up with your dentist if you experience severe pain or other complications

At Eric Batterton, DDS, our team is committed to providing expert care and guidance throughout the tooth extraction process, including aftercare. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your mouth after a tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help you achieve optimal oral health and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

Our office is conveniently located in Delaware, OH, and we look forward to partnering with you to enhance your smile and satisfy your dental needs. Whether you need restorative, cosmetic, or general dentistry, you are certain to have a positive experience in every dental check in. Contact us to learn more about our dental practice and schedule your appointment today. 

Get In Touch

At Eric Batterton, DDS, we’re dedicated to offering our patients the highest standard of dental care with kindness and empathy. Whether you’re seeking dental care for yourself or your family, we’re here to help. Call us today at 740-480-3138 to schedule your appointment, or click here to contact us.