Dr. Tony Porter, DDS
A Great Dentist

Extractions

Dentistry is all about taking the necessary steps to keep all your teeth healthy and in good shape. We always look for the most conservative treatments, but sometimes tooth extraction may be our only viable option for protecting your oral health.

Having a tooth extracted can be a stressful experience for anyone. We’re sensitive to the fact that you may feel a little overwhelmed just thinking about the possibility of extraction.

At Lyndhurst Dental Associates, we believe in building long-term patient relationships that allow us to create an environment of trust where you always feel comfortable. Getting to know you and gaining your trust can go a long way toward putting you at ease and making your treatment as stress-free as possible.

Why Tooth Extraction May Be Necessary

We stress the importance of preventative dental treatments to protect and preserve your teeth. However, there are a number of situations where that may make it necessary to extract a tooth:

  • Infection or decay that’s too severe for root canal treatment
  • Cracks or fractures of a tooth that occur beneath the gum line
  • Placement of either full or partial dentures
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment

It’s important for you to be part of the decision-making process, and we will take the time to answer your questions and explain why the procedure is necessary.

We can handle many simple extractions right here at our Winston-Salem office. We want to make sure that you always receive the best possible treatment, however, so in some cases, we’ll refer you to a trusted oral surgeon if your needs are more complex.

Comfortable Sedation Options

Millions of people suffer from dental anxiety, so please don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you’re fearful about the procedure. Even the most confident patients can be overwhelmed by the idea of extraction! Above all else, your comfort comes first, so we are pleased to offer comfortable sedation options that allow you to calm down and relax so you can get the necessary care you need.

Patients like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) because it’s mild sedation that lasts only as long as needed for treatment. Nitrous is a gas that’s delivered through a small nasal mask. Just sit back and breathe normally, and soon you will feel its calming effects. Nitrous dissipates very quickly, so once your procedure is finished, you will be able to get on with your regular daily routine with no lingering after-effects.

Have you tried nitrous but need something more? Many patients benefit from oral sedation where our dentist prescribes a calming medication for you to take about an hour before your appointment to help you relax completely.

Please Call Us Today

Putting off extraction of a tooth due to anxiety is never a good idea and will only result in more serious problems. Please give us a call to arrange a consultation so we can discuss your needs and take the necessary steps to return you to good oral health.