Greenwood, SC, dentist explains why patients may need emergency oral surgery
There are several dentistry phrases, such as “root canal,” “oral surgery,” and “extraction” that patients do their best to try to avoid hearing. Excellent brushing and flossing habits, along with good nutrition and regular visits to the dentist go a long way to helping patients keep their mouths healthy. However, an emergency that requires immediate dental attention can arise, even with the most diligent care.
Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD, of Greenwood, SC, knows that when you’re in pain or at risk of further dental complications, you need immediate attention from a dentist you trust. He urges patients who are experiencing discomfort to call his office right away, as these problems don’t go away without professional attention, and fast action is the best way to save a tooth. However, there are some cases in which an extraction may be necessary:
- Crowding: This is a common problem with wisdom teeth. For many patients, the mouth is simply too small for the third set of molars trying to break through the gums. This can cause pressure in the mouth and head, damage to the surrounding teeth, or even cysts or decay.
- Infection: If a cavity is undetected it can reach the center of the tooth. Because the tooth’s nerve is affected, this can be very painful. Without dental attention, the infection can spread throughout the body.
- Breakage: A tooth that is chipped or broken can often be fixed with dental bonding. However, in some cases, the break is under the gum line and will need more invasive treatment or to be extracted.
What to expect
Dental extraction is performed quickly and effectively in Dr. Griffin’s office. The dental team will use local anesthesia, and in some cases, sedation to ensure the patient remains comfortable during the procedure.
For more information, call (864) 229-2610