Dental extractions are generally recommended when a tooth cannot be saved even with a root canal therapy or when it is interfering with the healthy function of the mouth. Our Houston dental extractions expert may advise you to have a tooth extracted if it will interfere with orthodontic treatment, if you have impacted teeth, if it is severely damaged or decayed, if it has been loosened by gum disease and for other reasons.
If you are a candidate for a dental extraction, our expert in dental extractions in Houston will begin with a complete oral evaluation. Dental X-rays and other images may be taken during the planning process. This allows us to see underlying structures and ensure that the tooth is extracted safely. The affected area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. You may also be offered sedation options. General anesthesia is usually only used when multiple teeth are removed or there are other issues. A simple extraction will be performed if the crown of the tooth is visible above the gumline, but a surgical extraction may be necessary if the tooth is impacted or broken off at the gumline.
Once the procedure is finished, our Houston dental extractions expert will give you instructions for aftercare. You may need to relax for a day or two as the extraction site heals. If you have been prescribed pain medication or antibiotics, taking these exactly as prescribed will reduce the risk of complications and promote healing. Good dental hygiene is critical. Be careful brushing around the extraction site to avoid dislodging the clot. You may also need to avoid using straws, smoking or rinsing vigorously, all of which could also dislodge the clot and increase your risk of complications.
Depending on the reason for your extraction, our expert in dental extractions in Houston may recommend restoring the extracted tooth. Dental implants are one of the healthiest ways to replace missing teeth, but dental bridges and dentures may also be available. Restoring your extracted tooth can help preserve spacing and keep bite forces evenly distributed. Contact our Houston dentist today to find out more or to schedule your consultation.
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