We typically only extract a tooth as a last resort after going through all of our other options. In most cases, removing a tooth is necessary if:
- It is too damaged to be saved
- Gum disease has deteriorated the bone supporting it
- It refuses to fall out naturally (baby teeth)
- Room needs to be created for a denture or orthodontic treatment
Should you ever need an extraction, our dentist will use local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable the entire time.
Extracting teeth is not something that our team defaults to. If we had the option, we would avoid extracting them altogether, since replacing teeth can be difficult and time-consuming. However, when your options are extracting a tooth and allowing it to damage the rest of your mouth, Dr. Gilbert Price will always choose the former.
Of course, tooth extractions are not very common and only needed in very specific situations. Contact our office today to learn if your damaged tooth can be saved or if it requires extraction today!
Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are several reasons why teeth may be extracted, even if there is no decay or gum disease present. One of the most common reasons is because of erupting wisdom teeth, which can easily cause crowding, jaw pain and even infection if not removed, especially if they have become impacted. Other times, additional teeth begin to erupt and cause crowding. In less common cases, teeth require removal before orthodontic treatment can be done.
When determining whether any of your standard teeth require removal, Dr. Price will closely examine the condition of your tooth and the extent of decay or damaged supportive tissue that is present. If a cavity is too damaged to repair with a filling or crown, then breaking it apart and extracting it is the only way to protect your future oral health.
What Does the Process Entail?
The process for tooth extractions can be either simple or surgical, depending on the case. For example, wisdom teeth that have fully erupted through the gum tissue are more visible and easier to remove. However, if a tooth is trapped underneath gum tissue or under another tooth (impacted), surgery is required.
In the case of easily accessible teeth, one of our dentist will use an elevator tool to gently loosen the tooth. Then, they will use a pair of dental forceps to grasp and pull the tooth. Before this, you will have local anesthetic administered prior to treatment, so the process will be comfortable. If the tooth is underneath gum tissue, they will make a small incision in order to access the tooth. Our team may need to remove the tooth in individual, smaller pieces for easier removal.
What Does Aftercare Look Like?
During aftercare, it is important that you rest for the first 24 to 48 hours, just like with any surgery. After you have restarted your daily activities, make sure to perform the following until Dr. Price instructs you otherwise:
- Leave the initial gauze pad in place. Replace it as needed.
- Take painkillers or prescription medication to alleviate soreness.
- Apply a cold compress to your cheek after the procedure in 10-minute intervals.
- Avoid rinsing, spitting or using a straw for the first 24 hours after surgery to prevent dislodging the clot.
- Do not use any tobacco products.
- Elevate your head while sleeping to promote healing.
- Brush and floss regularly without touching the extraction site.
In the hands of our dentist, tooth extractions are nothing to be afraid of. Contact our office at 281-354-4241 to see if your damaged tooth needs a tooth extraction in Porter, Texas!