If you’ve got a tooth that’s causing problems and can’t be fixed, it might be time for a tooth extraction. While nobody likes having an adult tooth removed, in the right circumstances extraction can be beneficial to your oral and overall health. That’s why our Pearland dentists, Dr. Rushi Dave and Dr. Mili Shah, offer painless tooth extraction services and wisdom teeth removal.
Tooth extraction refers to methods our dentists use to safely and painlessly remove teeth from their sockets. Extractions are reserved for teeth that can’t be saved or would get in the way of necessary restorations. We offer two forms of extraction: simple/non-surgical and complex/surgical extraction.
Simple or non-surgical tooth extraction involves simply loosening the tooth, usually with a dental tool called a lifter, then pulling it from the socket with forceps. This is the method commonly used for fully erupted teeth, which are completely exposed above the gumline except for the roots.
A complex or surgical extraction involves making incisions into the gums where the tooth is located to fully extract parts of the tooth. This is most often the necessary method for impacted teeth, which haven’t fully erupted and lay at least partially below the gumline. Impaction is a common problem with wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult molars to grow in, usually around the ages of 18 to 25. The human mouth has evolved in such a way that there’s often not enough room for these teeth. This causes them to develop in weird and sometimes painful ways.
Wisdom teeth often won’t fully erupt or they’ll grow crooked. It’s not unheard of for these teeth to grow completely sideways. Even if your wisdom teeth do grow in right, they may shove your other teeth out of alignment to make space for themselves.
For reasons such as these, it’s usually recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as they start to develop. Removing these teeth when you’re young and your mouth isn’t fully developed means they’re less likely to be embedded into the bone and nerves. This greatly reduces the risk of complications such as nerve damage.
Rest assured that tooth extraction services are a last resort. Our extraction dentists won’t recommend that teeth be removed except in situations where it’s directly beneficial to your health.
You may benefit from tooth extraction if any of the following apply to your teeth:
Ultimately if you have a tooth that’s causing problems and can’t be fixed, it may be best to have it extracted.
Before any extraction takes place, our Pearland dentists will have you attend an initial visit. During your visit, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, take X-rays, review your medical history, and ask you questions about your smile goals. These steps help your extraction dentists determine if tooth removal is the right solution for you. This will be an ideal time to ask any questions you may have.
After you’ve been approved for tooth extraction, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to soft tissues around the affected area. Once we’re sure you’re completely numb, your dentist will proceed with the extraction.
If you’re undergoing a simple tooth extraction, your dentist will begin by loosening the tooth. Then, the tooth will be gently pulled from the socket.
If you require a surgical extraction, your dentist will make small incisions into the gum tissue where the tooth is located. They might need to remove a small amount of bone to reach the entire tooth and they may need to break the tooth into pieces to make it easier to remove. The tooth and any of its pieces will be removed from the socket and beneath the gums.
Once the tooth is fully extracted, your Pearland dentist will disinfect the empty socket and seal the socket with sutures. If you’re receiving dental restorations such as bridges or implants, there will likely be further steps involved.
In the first week or two after extraction, aftercare is vital. Your Pearland dentist will give you specific instructions to follow and will likely prescribe medication to control any lingering discomfort.
Common rules for tooth extraction aftercare include the following:
The exact cost of your tooth extraction procedure will depend on numerous factors such as how many teeth need to be extracted, what kind of extraction technique is needed, and your insurance coverage. You should contact your insurance provider beforehand to understand which costs will and won’t be covered. If you need assistance paying for your tooth removal, we’ll work with you in-office to make sure you can afford your treatment.
Standard tooth extraction can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, but the exact time will vary. Surgical extractions will likely take longer than non-surgical extraction, and the number of teeth requiring extraction will also be a determining factor in the length of the timeframe. Your dentist will give you a more accurate breakdown of the time during your initial consultation.
Your safety and comfort are our number one concern. We’ll make sure you’re properly numbed before any extraction takes place. Afterward, your dentist can prescribe medication to help control any lingering discomfort. If you’re experiencing pain lasting longer than a week after your extraction, it may point to a problem that we can diagnose and correct at our dental office.
The most common complication after a tooth extraction is dry socket. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bones of the jaw and nerves. Other possible complications following tooth extraction include misalignment, infection, bone damage, and nerve damage. It’s usually extremely easy to prevent these issues by following proper aftercare instructions and visiting your dentist as instructed for follow-up exams.
Your teeth are valuable, but sometimes a tooth needs to go to protect the rest of your smile. That’s why Pearland Dental Group offers tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal services to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.
Discover if you might benefit from tooth removal. Dial our Pearland dental office by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
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