In some cases, a severely damaged tooth or one with advanced decay may be beyond treatment with a dental restoration. Which means protecting your smile requires tooth extraction. Fortunately, our Gainesville, TX dental office provides tooth extraction comfortably and gently, protecting your smile from major complications!
Does My Smile Need an Extraction?
We may prescribe tooth extraction to handle severely damaged teeth that cannot be addressed with a crown. The procedure could also be recommended if you have severe decay or infection that can’t be addressed with a root canal. Otherwise, leaving the teeth in place could increase the risk of complications like tooth loss and the spread of infection to healthy teeth. We could also extract teeth loosened by gum disease, or to aid in orthodontic treatment. The procedure could improve bite balance and chewing function for some patients, and also pave the way for a set of full dentures too.
The most common reason however is to prevent the eruption of your wisdom teeth. These additional molars often erupt in our late teens or early 20s, and could lead to issues like misalignment, impaction, infection, and damaged teeth. But extraction can prevent these complications from arising!
Removing Your Teeth Comfortably
We know people may feel nervous about removing a tooth, especially if they have dental anxiety. But our team can not only offer a local anesthetic to the areas being treated, but we can offer dental sedation options. With dental sedation, we choose an option to help you enter a deep state of calm, with little or no memory of the procedure. We want to help you stay comfortable throughout every step of the procedure. We then gently extract the teeth with a pair of forceps, in a procedure that could take as little as 30 minutes to complete.
What Happens Next?
You will return home with detailed instructions to facilitate a comfortable and effective healing period, as well as prescriptions for any necessary medications. Many people return to their normal routine after only a day or two of rest. In that time, avoid cigarettes, straws, or poking the areas with your tongue. Be gentle when you brush and floss, and eat soft foods. We will examine your smile in a follow-up visit to make sure everything is healing properly! If you have any questions about the tooth extraction process, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today to learn more. Everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile!
Talk To Your Gainesville, TX Dentist About Tooth Removal
We would like to help you maintain a healthy smile with restorative care and oral surgery. If you would like to find out more or schedule a visit, call our Gainesville, TX dental office at (940) 668-9000.