Tooth Extractions – Dallas, TX
Removing Teeth That Can No Longer Be Saved
Having multiple experts in one location means that our team at HJ Dental generally has plenty of options for restoring and protecting teeth. But while tooth extraction is never our first choice, it is sometimes necessary in emergency situations, and as such we do what we can to make sure the procedure is completed quickly with minimal discomfort. If for any reason you think that one of your teeth might have to go soon, call our office immediately.
Why Choose HJ Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- Board-Certified Anesthesiologist
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions Offered
- Dental Team That Puts Comfort First
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
Permanent teeth can’t grow back once they’ve been taken out of your mouth, so the decision to remove them is not one to be made lightly. If we recommend a tooth extraction, it’s because we have determined that the procedure is the only way to keep your smile as a whole safe.
Here are some of the reasons why a tooth might have to be removed:
- It is severely decayed, broken, or weakened to the point that restorations such as dental crowns can no longer be used.
- There is an infection in the tooth that can’t be treated through other means.
- Your teeth are overly crowded together, which could be an obstacle for orthodontic treatment.
- Gum disease has badly weakened the tissues holding your teeth in place.
- You have wisdom teeth that are unable to emerge from under the gums.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
We always carry out the tooth extraction process while prioritizing the comfort of our patients. To that end, we may bring in Dr. Chris Morgan, our board-certified anesthesiologist, to help with the procedure.
There are two main types of tooth extraction:
- Simple Extraction: We’re able to perform a simple extraction on teeth that have fully erupted. We’ll rock the tooth back and forth with forceps, slowly and gently loosening it until it can be taken out of your jaw.
- Surgical Extraction: If a tooth hasn’t erupted or otherwise isn’t visible above the gumline, it will require a surgical extraction that involves making a small incision in the gums. It may not be possible to remove the entire tooth all at once, so we might have to divide it into separate pieces first.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
We’ll make sure that you’re prepared for the recovery process after your tooth extraction by giving you detailed aftercare instructions. You’ll generally need to:
- Take any painkillers that we prescribe in the directed doses. (Over-the-counter pain medication can also help.)
- Make sure that your head stays above the rest of your body even when lying down.
- Plan your diet so that it only includes soft or liquid foods.
- Refrain from doing anything too strenuous while your mouth is still healing.
- Brush and floss gently to maintain good oral hygiene without disturbing the extraction site.
There’s no need to be alarmed if you notice any side effects like light bleeding or swelling; they should go away on their own as your mouth recovers. Call us if your symptoms seem to last too long.