While our Dallas dentists will always strive to save your natural tooth, sometimes a tooth extraction may be the best remedy for your oral health, function, and sometimes appearance.
This article looks at instances when a tooth extraction may be necessary and what you should consider when getting an extraction.
Generally, your dentist can recommend tooth removal if you have the following:
Tooth extraction is never a great experience. To prepare accordingly, below are a few factors to keep in mind:
Before removing the tooth, the dentist will review your medical history. While tooth removals are common and generally safe, the dentist will want to ensure you don’t have underlying health issues that can cause complications.
Tell the dentist if you are pregnant or have health issues like diabetes, liver disease, impaired immune system, heart defects, and heart problems. The dentist might also ask about lifestyle habits like smoking and alcohol or drug use. The exam might also involve x-rays. Visit our office for tooth extractions near you.
The condition of your tooth will determine the procedure of extraction. A simple extraction happens when the tooth is visible and accessible above the gum line. The dentist uses an elevator and a pair of forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction may be necessary if a tooth is broken or trapped under the gum line. In this case, the dentist or surgeon makes an incision into the gums and sometimes bone to remove the underlying tooth. The area is then stitched for quick healing.
Whether you have a simple or surgical extraction, the dentist will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. Sometimes they may provide sedation to relax you or put you to sleep during the procedure. The dentist will discuss sedation details before the extraction. If you are sedated, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and, if possible, stay with you until the sedation wears off.
After the extraction, the dentist will give you a few guidelines that you must follow strictly to ensure a quick recovery and reduce the risk of complications like infections and dry sockets. These can include:
Depending on why and which tooth was removed, you can replace the tooth or teeth with replacement options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Your dentist will help you choose the right treatment to restore your bite.
For more information about tooth extractions in Dallas, TX, contact Trinity Dental Loft.