Greder Dental

When Is Tooth Extraction the Best Option?

When a tooth becomes critically damaged, extraction can often be the only option to restore oral health. Drs. Mack E. Greder and Jennifer Greder perform tooth extractions at their Omaha, NE, clinic to ease pain and protect the rest of your smile. They also provide dental bridges and implants to replace the extracted tooth or teeth.  

Benefits of Tooth Extraction

Patients can benefit from:

  • A virtually painless procedure: While having a tooth pulled may sound painful, our doctors will use local anesthesia to ensure that you experience minimal discomfort. In fact, the majority of patients report that tooth extraction is less painful than they expected. In fact, the procedure is often no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling. Our family-owned practice prides itself on providing compassionate and comfortable care.
  • Relief from pain: Pain associated with an advanced cavity or abscess can be severe. Once the source of the discomfort has been removed, you can enjoy instant and long-lasting relief.
  • Improved oral health: Infections can and will spread if left untreated. Removing an infected tooth is the quickest way to preserve the health of your smile.
  • Reduced dental crowding: Tooth extraction often minimizes dental crowding, in turn improving future outcomes for orthodontic treatment and easing stress on surrounding teeth. Many wisdom tooth extractions are performed for this very reason.

If you are experiencing a sudden onset of oral pain, contact us immediately

Who Is a Candidate for Tooth Extraction?

Candidacy for tooth extraction is largely based on the extent of your infection. In general, we only recommend removing a tooth if other options have failed or if the case is too severe. Our office employs an advanced Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanner and digital x-rays to evaluate the health of your tooth and determine if it needs to be extracted.

CBCT scanner

Extraction is most often suggested to patients suffering from:

  • Severe dental discomfort or pain
  • Gum tissue swelling
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Recent trauma to the mouth
  • An advanced cavity

A Look at the Procedure

Extracting a tooth is typically a simple and straightforward procedure. Once your tooth and surrounding gum tissue have been numbed using local anesthesia, one of our doctors will use a specialized tool to loosen and gently remove the tooth. Molars may need to be broken into smaller pieces before being extracted in order to protect your gums. Once the tooth has been completely removed, any incisions will be sutured and gauze will be placed over the extraction site to reduce and control bleeding.

Recovery can take a few days to a week. You will need to avoid sucking on straws, popsicles, or other foods, as the sucking action can dislodge the clot that forms over the extraction site and leave you vulnerable to infection. 

Reach Out Today

If you are experiencing a sudden onset of oral pain, contact us immediately. An advanced infection can spread quickly, causing more serious complications if untreated.

Greder Dental was founded in 1970 and we have proudly served the greater Omaha community ever since. If you have questions about tooth extraction or wish to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with a professional, contact us online or call (402) 558-6220.

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9202 W Dodge Rd
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Omaha, NE 68114

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