Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that entails the removal of a tooth from its socket. At Sugar LAnd Dental, we perform tooth extractions when a tooth is damaged or infected and cannot be saved by other means. Tooth extraction can help relieve pain and discomfort and improve your dental health.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction is a considerably straightforward process in which our doctor will pull out your tooth from its socket. Generally, the procedure is used as a last resort measure when we can't salvage your tooth by other means.
Here are some common scenarios when tooth extraction is necessary:
Extensive tooth decay
Damage to the teeth
Wisdom teeth removal
As preparation for dental prosthetics
For orthodontic treatments
Types of Tooth Extractions
In simple extractions, we will pull out the visible tooth above the gum line, including its root. An anesthetic injection is given to minimize pain and discomfort during the process. With the help of a dental elevator, the tooth is loosened and removed using forceps.
A surgical extraction is a comparatively more complex tooth extraction process, performed when the tooth is cracked at the gum line or has not erupted fully. A patient is given both local and IV anesthesia during a surgical extraction to keep them calm and relaxed. A minor incision is made into the gum during the surgery to remove the underlying tooth. Suitable aftercare instructions will be given to assist in healing.
Recovering From Tooth Extraction
You may take a few days to a few weeks to completely recover from a tooth extraction process. You must follow our instructions during the recovery process to heal better and faster.
Here are a few precautions to aid your recovery:
Use an ice pack to ease swelling around the jawbone.
Don't perform rigorous physical activity on the day of the extraction.
Consume soft foods like yogurt and pudding after the tooth extraction.
Avoid brushing or flossing forcefully, and avoid the extraction site altogether for a few days after the procedure.
Rest for the first twenty-four hours after the tooth removal.
Avoid biting or chewing solid foods
Take the prescribed antibiotics and painkillers
Tooth extraction is a relatively safe and effective procedure to relieve pain and discomfort caused by a damaged or decayed tooth. Visit our office, Sugar Land Dental at 101 Southwestern Blvd Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478. You can also reach us at (281) 980-5100 to schedule an appointment.
101 Southwestern Blvd. Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478