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If you have critical dental trauma or decay, Dr. John Rink can perform tooth extraction at his Charleston, SC, practice. Of course, he will always attempt to save your damaged tooth. However, if it is beyond repair, removal can ease your discomfort and, ultimately, improve your oral health.

Dr. Rink and tooth extraction

At Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, LLC, Dr. Rink uses very gentle techniques to perform extractions. Various types of sedation are also available. Therefore, your extraction should be very easy with minimal post-treatment inflammation. In addition, Dr. Rink will explain all your restorative options in advance. Then he can provide a custom-made and highly lifelike replacement for your extracted tooth.

Do you need a tooth extraction?

Dr. Rink is both honest and conservative in his treatment recommendations. Therefore, he will never suggest extraction unless it is absolutely essential. He will first conduct a complete exam to determine whether a filling, crown, or root canal therapy will be enough to save your tooth. Nevertheless, in some cases, extraction may be the most appropriate option.

These situations may include:

  • Severe decay that has destroyed most of your tooth. In this case, there will not be enough healthy tissue to support a filling or crown
  • A badly cracked tooth, and the crack extends all the way to the root
  • A dental infection that is too severe for root canal therapy
  • A compromised immune system that makes root canal therapy unwise
  • Severe crowding, where an extraction would create more room in your mouth
  • Wisdom tooth removal

In some cases, you may need to have more than one tooth removed, particularly if infection or decay has spread throughout your mouth.

What to expect during dental extraction

Prior to your extraction, Dr. Rink will administer local anesthesia. If you are anxious about the procedure, or if you are having more than one tooth removed, we can provide additional sedation, including nitrous oxide. Dr. Rink will discuss your options at your initial consultation, helping you choose the one that is most suitable for you. Typically, extraction is a simple process. Dr. Rink will gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it.

Then he can easily lift it from the socket with minimal impact to the surrounding tissues. In some cases, extraction may require a few extra steps. For example, if your tooth is very large, Dr. Rink may need to extract it in several pieces. Fortunately, even in these more complex scenarios, your treatment will involve very little discomfort if any, thanks to Dr. Rink’s skill and meticulous approach.

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After tooth removal

Following dental extraction, it is normal to experience some sensitivity and inflammation. You can ease any discomfort by eating a soft diet and taking mild over-the-counter pain medications. You should also get plenty of rest for the first 24 hours, and you should rinse your mouth with a saline solution or a mouthwash provided by our office.

Finally, be extra careful when brushing your teeth. You can begin to add foods back into your diet as discomfort fades. Dr. Rink will also offer specific guidelines for your recovery. As part of his comprehensive approach to treatment, Dr. Rink will also provide restorative care after your extraction. He offers various methods of tooth replacement, including bridges, dentures, partial dentures, and dental implants. The right type for you will depend on your cosmetic goals, budget, jawbone structure, and overall oral health. No matter which type you receive, your restoration will look almost as lifelike as your extracted teeth.

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Should you need a tooth extraction, we will make sure you are fully informed and walk you through every step. If you are struggling with serious decay or compromised teeth, contact our office to find out if extraction is the right solution.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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