Tooth Extraction in Southlake
There are several reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted. In some patients, tooth decay has set in to the point that a root canal treatment or antibiotic therapy cannot save it. Gum disease may be a factor in other cases, causing the tooth to loosen in their sockets. Other conditions which may require an extraction include removing painfully infected teeth to make room for implants, making room for the proper movement of the teeth during orthodontic therapy, and removing wisdom teeth that are impacted or compromised. Dr. Wright and Dr. heron perform simple extractions. However, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth or require surgical extraction, we work with a trusted dentist who comes into our office solely to perform complex extractions. Whatever your needs, we want you to receive the expert care you want and deserve.
Why Should I Have a Tooth Extracted?
When your dentist recommends that you undergo a tooth extraction procedure, it can mean a variety of things, including that the tooth is beyond repair. Whenever possible, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will use other methods to save your tooth, including root canal treatments, dental fillings, and dental crowns. If too much of the tooth is decayed or damaged however, the doctor will recommend an extraction.
Sometimes an extraction is necessary because there is an infection present in the tooth. The health of one tooth affects the overall ecosystem of your mouth and if one is infected, that infection can spread via the gum tissue or your saliva. In fact, a tooth extraction is a restorative process because it quite literally restores the health of your mouth.
In the case of our teen patients, your doctor may recommend the extraction of some or all of your child’s wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth does not have enough room to grow and erupt properly, it is said to be impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to sensitivity in the area, infection, or other dental problems that can affect the entire mouth. Sometimes wisdom teeth extraction is recommended as a preventive measure in an effort to ward off future conditions that the teeth may cause.
What is Involved in a Tooth Extraction?
Before your tooth is extracted, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic so all you feel during the process is some minor pressure. Using a special tool, the dentist will rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it. When the tooth is loosened enough, the dentist will use forceps to gently remove the tooth from the socket. The area will then be cleaned and packed to allow the healing process to begin. You may be asked to carefully bite down on a piece of cotton gauze to help the area to stop bleeding.
What Should I Expect After my Extraction?
Whether you are coming in to see our children’s dentists for wisdom teeth extraction or you have been advised to have an infected tooth removed, you should always follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions fully. Generally speaking, you should refrain from using a straw and you should not smoke while your mouth heals. The dentist may prescribe you medication to help you ease through the recovery process. After the extraction, you will want to discuss options such as implant dentures or crowns and bridges with your dentist so that surrounding teeth do not drift into the vacant space.
To find out if tooth extraction is a good option for your smile, then speak with your dentist about your alternatives to restoring your smile afterward. Schedule a consultation today by calling Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.