It’s always best to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, but there are some cases where a damaged or infected tooth can affect the health of your other teeth, causing more trouble than it’s worth. If you need to have a tooth pulled, schedule a visit with Lifetime Dental Care in Katy, Texas. W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, and the team provide gentle and effective tooth extractions to renew their patients’ oral health and keep their smiles working in peak condition. You can book your visit by phone or online.
An extraction is the surgical removal of your tooth. It’s usually preferable to keep your natural tooth structures intact, but in some cases, a tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth and needs to be removed.
The most common extractions are of your wisdom teeth because many people simply don’t have room for them in their mouth. Other reasons you might need an extraction include:
Patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or organ transplants also occasionally get extractions of teeth that are slightly compromised. This is done to reduce the risk of infection when their chemotherapy or transplant weakens their immune system.
Your extraction procedure will differ depending on whether it’s simple or surgical.
If your tooth is visible and has erupted through the gums, you typically have a simple extraction. Your dentist at Lifetime Dental Care uses a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, then uses an instrument called an “elevator” to loosen it.
Once the tooth is loose, they remove it with forceps. Because you’re anesthetized, you won’t feel any pain—just some slight pressure.
If your tooth is impacted or hasn’t erupted through your gums yet, you might need a surgical extraction. A surgical extraction can involve local, intravenous, and/or general anesthesia, depending on your needs and preferences.
Once you’re sedated, your dentist exposes your tooth by making an incision in your gum. Depending on the state of your tooth, they might need to remove some of the bone around it or break it up before extracting it.
You might be sore for a few days after your extraction, but Lifetime Dental Care gives you aftercare instructions to minimize your discomfort.
This might involve painkillers, an icing regimen, or temporarily changing up your diet to more soft foods. You’ll also want to abstain from any sucking motions with your mouth, meaning you’ll need to stop using a straw for a few days.
Following your aftercare instructions will help you recover faster and will ultimately give you better results.
To learn more about the gentle and effective extractions offered by Lifetime Dental Care, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.