Despite your best efforts, teeth sometimes need to be removed to protect your health. When we've discussed all other possibilities and you've decided on extraction, we'll take every step to help you. Your wellbeing always takes priority in any treatment decision. Some patients prefer sedation to help with oral surgery, and we can review these options in your treatment plan. You can trust we take every measure to make sure even minor surgical procedures are as comfortable as possible. To learn more about this service, continue reading or give our office a call today.
Extractions are only recommended for patients who absolutely need them. If there’s a chance your tooth can be saved with restorative treatment, we’ll suggest a service like dental crown placement or root canal therapy. However, a tooth extraction may be necessary if you have any of the following:
Some patients prefer sedation to help with oral surgery, and we can review these options in your treatment plan. You can trust we take every measure to make sure even minor surgical procedures are as comfortable as possible.
At ProSmiles Dental of White Settlement, our team takes pride in helping every patient get numb with modern anesthetics to start every procedure. Once anesthesia settles in, our oral surgeon uses specialized instruments to elevate the tooth out of place. You will receive specific post-operative instructions to help you care for the extraction area after your procedure, with prescriptions for any medications needed during the healing period.
While our immediate concern is the short-term management of your care, we will also discuss your long-term plans for replacing missing teeth. Leaving a space is always an option, but spaces in your smile can create appearance concerns and functional challenges that are important to consider. Teeth are likely to slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, and minimizing the effects of an unbalanced bite can prevent issues later in life.
Following your procedure, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help you make a speedy and smooth sailing recovery. While mild discomfort is common after an extraction, you should give us a call if your symptoms worsen. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Since tooth extractions aren’t typically as routine as treatments like checkups or fillings, it’s natural for patients to have questions about this procedure. As always, our team is available to provide the specific answers you’re looking for at your initial appointment or, in some cases, over the phone. However, we know that some patients really value being able to do their research online first. For this reason, we’ve responded to a few of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions in White Settlement below.
Before the procedure, your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic by our dentist. If needed, we also offer multiple dental sedation options. This will help you feel comfortable during the extraction, and you shouldn’t feel any pain at all! However, expect some soreness and discomfort in the first few days following the extraction. You can easily manage your symptoms by diligently following the aftercare instructions you were given. Taking proper care of your mouth after extraction will not only promote faster healing but lower your risk of infection. If your pain worsens or you begin to exhibit other symptoms like developing a fever, contact our office right away for assistance.
Preparing for your tooth extraction is just as important as taking the right steps for recovery after the procedure. Before your extraction, we’ll answer any questions you have and explain how you can prep for your appointment. Our team here at ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of White Settlement will provide you with specific instructions like only drinking water or picking up prescription medication. Make sure you have arrangements for someone to drive you home after the appointment since you’ll likely receive local or general anesthesia.
Once the procedure is complete, your restorative dentist in White Settlement will give you a list of aftercare instructions. These are designed to help you prevent infection and heal comfortably. Some of the most important best practices are getting plenty of rest, keeping your mouth clean, sticking to soft foods, not spitting, and refraining from tobacco use. To keep discomfort at bay, you can place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time and take over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed. Around the three-day mark, you should begin to feel better.
Filling the gap in your smile following a tooth extraction is essential for both appearance and function. For this reason, we will recommend a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants. While dental bridges can replace 1-4 teeth, they need to be in a single row for this tooth-replacement solution. Partial and full dentures are a tried-and-true choice that can address moderate or severe tooth loss but cannot stimulate your jawbone to prevent bone loss. Fortunately, dental implants can effectively replace one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth. Since the implant posts are inserted directly into the jawbone, they are incredibly lifelike, extremely stable, and able to last for 20-plus years with proper care.