Tooth Extractions – Plano, TX
Safe and Comfortable Tooth Extractions Protect Oral Health
The dentists at Dental Renaissance work hard to protect natural teeth as no restoration feels quite like them. If your oral health is in danger of a spreading infection or your tooth is significantly damaged with no way to rebuild or restore it, then a tooth extraction will more than likely be performed. The good news is you can expect your treatment to be as comfortable as possible thanks to our dental professionals and sedation therapy options.
Why You Need a Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction. However, the most common reasons are typically due to pain or infection that’s currently present inside the tooth. In other cases, the tooth may be significantly damaged by tooth decay or physical trauma, proving it to be ineffective at protecting your vulnerable pulp or chewing food.
Furthermore, infected teeth that are at risk of spreading an infection to other healthy neighboring teeth or gum tissue may require extraction to prevent. This is common for wisdom teeth that become impacted and take too much room inside the mouth.
Different Types of Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions can be categorized into two different categories: simple and surgical.
Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is clearly visible. In this instance, the extraction process is as simple as removing the tooth from the periodontal ligament, then taking the tooth out of the jaw using a pair of dental forceps. Surgical extractions require an additional step of making an incision inside the gum tissue because the tooth is trapped underneath the gums or a neighboring tooth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
For a majority of patients, the mouth cannot accommodate the addition of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can easily cause crowding and misalignment, leading to chronic pain in the back of the mouth, oral infections and an increased risk of tooth decay. In rare cases, the mouth can accommodate wisdom teeth, however this is determined at the dentist’s discretion. If our office believes that your mouth is at risk, we’ll perform an extraction to protect your oral health and reduce your risk for dental disease.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Some patients experience the eruption of multiple teeth due to genetics and therefore need them extracted. Other patients may need multiple teeth removed in order to start orthodontic treatment. More commonly, multiple tooth extractions are performed when extensive decay is present or if serious trauma has occurred. Prior to your treatment, we’ll make sure that you understand all the steps of your treatment plan and help you plan ahead for restorative treatments like dentures, bridges or dental implants.
Extraction Site Preservation
Bone begins to deteriorate as soon as teeth are removed, which is why we recommend preservation after extraction. By fortifying bone around the missing teeth, we can improve your chances of receiving a dental implant without delay. Fortifying bone keeps it strong and thick enough for a titanium implant to integrate with effectively.
After an extraction, make sure to follow all of the dentist’s detailed instructions to prevent complications later. Some of these aftercare tips include but are not limited to:
- Resting for the next couple of days
- Biting on a gauze pad gently to stop bleeding and promote clot formation
- Eating a diet of soft foods and chewing on the side of your mouth opposite of the extraction site
- Taking painkillers as needed
- Using ice packs to reduce swelling
- Avoiding straws for the next 24 hours
- Maintaining regular oral care habits while avoiding the extraction site
- Calling us if you experience any extensive pain or swelling several days after surgery