Implants & Extractions

Experience & Skill Dental Implants & Tooth Extractions

As Chapel Hill, NC’s premier dental surgery specialists, Meadowmont Dentistry excels in all types of dental implants and tooth extraction procedures for patients of all ages. Our tooth extractions treat a variety of conditions, including broken teeth from sudden trauma, unsavable teeth from chronic issues, and others. We have the experienced team and state-of-the-art facilities needed to offer the very best in oral surgery, whether routine or complex. Plus, we do it all in the most welcoming, relaxing environment around. Whether you have a cracked tooth that needs to be removed or a missing tooth that you want replaced, we’re here to provide the highest levels of skill and the smoothest experience available.


What to expect with your oral surgery

When you come to Meadowmont Dentistry for your implant or extraction, you can expect to be welcomed warmly by our friendly staff. We’ve created a soothing office environment that will help you relax and feel comfortable from the moment you come through our door. Everyone here wants you to be at ease and enjoy your time with us, no matter what type of procedure you’re having. Find more information about our dental implant and tooth extraction surgeries below.

Tooth Extractions

There are a variety of reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. In younger children, it could be a baby tooth that’s still adhering and interfering with the proper growth of adult teeth. Teens who are about to get braces or other orthodontic treatment might have overcrowding that needs to be addressed. Sports injuries, accidents, and other trauma to the face can crack teeth and render them unfixable. Wisdom teeth can be positioned poorly and become impacted, risking infection or other damage to the surrounding tissues. Or, it could be years of decay requiring a tooth to be extracted when it’s beyond repair.

No matter what the reason, if we believe that tooth removal is in your best interest, we’ll start with x-rays to examine its position and see if there might be any complications. We’ll assess your medical and drug history and discuss your options for anesthesia with you. We generally use local anesthesia, numbing the tooth as well as the surrounding gums and bone, but we may use additional sedatives, as needed. During the removal process, we’ll make sure the surrounding tissues aren’t damaged. In some cases, we’ll add bone-grafting material to the socket to preserve proper bone volume.

After your tooth extraction procedure, we’ll use gentle pressure to control any bleeding or small stitches, if necessary. Mild to moderate discomfort or swelling is normal, and normal over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin should be sufficient to manage these symptoms. We may also recommend antibiotics to prevent infection, in some cases. You may need to ice the jaw and eat softer foods, but you should feel totally normal within a few days.

Dental Implants

State-of-the-art titanium dental implants are an outstanding long-term option for replacing teeth that have been lost or removed. It’s a surprisingly minor procedure, performed under local anesthesia with or without a sedative, as needed by the patient. The result will be a natural-looking tooth that looks and functions just like the natural teeth around it.

In most cases, dental implants involve inserting a small, screw-shaped titanium post directly into the bone of the jaw to replace the missing tooth’s roots. After a healing period lasting a few months in most cases, the post will actually fuse directly to the surrounding bone and form a robust anchor for the custom-made crown that will be attached.

We can use dental implant procedures to replace single teeth, multiple teeth with a bridge, all teeth permanently, or a supported set of removable dentures. These procedures have success rates better than 95%, making them by far the most viable tooth replacement option for many of our patients. The only risks following these surgeries is poor ongoing oral hygiene, causing bacterial infection, or the use of excessive biting force. Ultimately, you can expect your dental implant and custom-matched crown to last many years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and exams.



Your healthy mouth & beautiful smile

At Meadowmont Dentistry, we are proud to serve all of our patients’ oral surgery needs. We’re your source for experienced tooth extractions that help protect your long-term oral health as well as cutting-edge dental implants that restore function and beauty to your smile. Our team strives to build trusted relationships with our patients, ensuring you’re empowered to maximize your oral health and you always look forward to visiting our office. Let’s keep your smile bright and healthy for years to come, together.


About Meadowmont Dentistry

Meadowmont Dentistry is a full-service family dentist located in the heart of Chapel Hill, NC’s Meadowmont Village. Our friendly team of dentists and hygienists and our relaxed, welcoming office environment make us the premier dental specialists in the local area.