Dental Procedures

While our focus at Smile Studio is on preventative care, we perform tooth extractions on a regular basis. We are always looking for ways to avoid an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. We will clean your teeth on a regular basis, discuss a healthy diet with you, and treat gum disease, cavities, and infections to the best of our abilities; in order to keep your teeth healthy and intact.

 

As a general dentist, we will also work to restore your tooth if it has been damaged – all of which can help you to maintain your natural teeth for years to come.

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At Smile Studio, we can provide you with the surgical dental procedure you need to maintain or restore your oral health. Whether you are looking for a new dentist or are currently under the care of one and need more intensive procedures, we welcome your call. We can examine your teeth, give you an opinion regarding whether or not you need surgery, what procedure will benefit you, and what you can expect from the process. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need in order to feel prepared and comfortable. 

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Tooth Extractions

If you do need to have a tooth extraction, there are several ways that we can go about the procedure. First, we will numb the area of your mouth so that you do not feel any direct discomfort. You will feel pressure during the procedure but otherwise remain relaxed and comfortable. If your tooth has matured and broken through the gums, we can use dental tools to wiggle the tooth and pull it out of the socket. Afterward, the area will be thoroughly cleaned, and gauze will be used to stop the bleeding while you recover. If your tooth is impacted or still below the surface, as is common with wisdom teeth, oral surgery may be necessary for removing it. When completing this procedure in our dental office, we typically create an incision in the gums so that there is a flap. The flap is gently lifted so that we have access to the impacted tooth. In many cases, we can wiggle the tooth and lift it out of the socket.

However, if there is bone or tissue on top of the tooth, it will need to be cut away first. If the tooth is particularly stubborn and not budging, we might need to break it into several pieces and remove it that way. Once the tooth has been removed from the socket, the area will be thoroughly cleaned before the flap is placed back down and sutured in place. Gauze is then used to stop the bleeding.

Wisdom Teeth

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At Smile Studio, we understand that each of our patients is unique and so are their teeth. Whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, will really depend on the size of your palate. If you have plenty of room for all of your teeth and your third molars, they can stay in place. There is no point in removing something that grows straight and is healthy.

 

However, any tooth that grows in impacted needs to be removed because it is posing a direct threat to your other teeth and roots in addition to being a target for infections.

 

When you schedule an appointment with Smile Studio in Baton Rouge, we can examine you, take X-rays, and let you know if and when you should schedule an extraction procedure.

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As local Baton Rouge dentists, we are regularly asked, "When is a tooth extraction necessary?" This is an understandable question because no one wants to have a tooth pulled unless it is absolutely beneficial. We are not interested in extracting teeth unless absolutely necessary. In fact, if you damage a tooth, our preferred method of treatment is to restore it using dental veneers or dental crowns. There are times, however, where we do recommend visiting our dental office located in Causey Med Aesthetic, Baton Rouge, LA, for an extraction.

 

Dental Procedures, Extractions in Baton Rouge, LA