Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to preserve your oral health and tooth function. At IDTC Dental Center LLC in Grand Prairie, Texas, Kenneth Higgins, DDS, and the team perform both simple and surgical tooth extractions. Whether you have a severely damaged tooth or impacted wisdom teeth, the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC prioritizes your comfort during a tooth extraction. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove an adult or baby tooth. There are two types of extractions that the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC performs:
The team performs a simple extraction if they’re removing a tooth by its crown. In this case, the crown portion of your tooth must be visible. This type of extraction is a simple procedure that involves minimal recovery time. Many simple extractions heal quickly without sutures.
A surgical extraction is a procedure that involves making an incision in your gums to expose the tooth underneath. Then the team uses small dental instruments to extract the tooth before suturing your gums.
A tooth extraction is typically a last resort if other treatments are no longer an option. There are many reasons the team may recommend a tooth extraction, such as:
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth, the team may try to restore it with dental fillings, crowns, or veneers. However, in some cases, the damage is too severe to repair. To prevent further damage, the team may pull your tooth.
If you have a tooth infection that reaches the pulp in the center of your tooth, the team will try to eliminate the infection with root canal therapy. This treatment removes your pulp and disinfects the tooth chamber. However, if your infection returns, the team may remove the tooth to keep the infection from spreading.
Many patients simply don’t have enough room in their mouths to support all of their teeth. To prepare for orthodontic treatment or improve your bite, the team may extract one or more of your teeth. If you have a tooth that hasn’t broken through your gums, the team may also recommend an extraction.
Wisdom teeth are your third molars that typically arrive between the ages of 17 and 21, and sometimes as late as age 25. Because the rest of your teeth have already grown in by the time your wisdom teeth arrive, your mouth may not have enough room to support them. They can become impacted, emerge sideways, or only partially break through your gums.
When you arrive for your wisdom tooth extraction, the team administers anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Next, they make a small incision in your gums to fully remove the tooth. If your wisdom tooth is cracked, your provider may need to remove it in several small pieces to minimize your risk of infection.
After completing the procedure, the team sutures your gums and packs your mouth with gauze to reduce bleeding.
Anesthesia may make you feel groggy, so it’s important to arrange a ride home after your appointment. Swelling is common after a wisdom tooth extraction, but a cold compress and anti-inflammatories can relieve pain and inflammation.
Soft foods and liquids are recommended after a wisdom tooth extraction. You should avoid eating solid foods or sucking through a straw while you recover.
To learn more about tooth extractions, call IDTC Dental Center LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.