Tooth Removal / Extractions
Webster, TX dentists Drs. Das, Darcey, and Pham are committed to preserving your natural teeth without tooth extraction in Houston. However, there are cases when removing a tooth is the only way to bring back function and restore your smile. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we provide safe and comfortable tooth removal for adults, as well as children ages 12 and up.
What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist office. When there is no saving a tooth, it must be removed or pulled from the mouth. This procedure falls under exodontia, the branch of dentistry that deals with the extraction of teeth.
When is Extraction Necessary?
Extraction is usually a last resort, but in some cases, it is the only solution. Our dentists at Clear Lake Dental may remove a tooth in any of the following cases.
- Severe damage or decay: if the tooth cannot be saved with decay prevention, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment we remove it to prevent the spread of infection to other healthy teeth.
- Wisdom teeth: whether the tooth has started to come out, gets trapped, or has not started to grow in we remove wisdom teeth to prevent damage to healthy structures.
- Advanced gum disease: if severe gum disease has destroyed the gums and underlying bone, the tooth may be too loose to be saved. In this case, the tooth must be removed and replaced.
- Preparing for orthodontic treatment: if teeth are too crowded they are removed before braces or Invisalign. This allows room for the teeth to move into proper alignment.
- Preparing for dentures or implants: all teeth in the treatment area need to be removed in order to be replaced by dentures or dentures supported by implants
Preparing for tooth removal
When we are preparing for your tooth extraction, we will take the steps necessary to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. We will administer localized anesthesia to the area where the tooth is being extracted. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we do these type of procedures all the time, and our experience helps ensure there will be no problems with extracting your teeth.
If you have anxiety that is brought about by a previous dental procedure, we will take a number of steps to ensure that you are comfortable before we perform your procedure. If necessary, we can offer you dental sedation. Our concern is that you are at ease when the tooth extraction takes place since we know that these types of procedures can be nerve-racking, and we will do our best to calm your nerves.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
When extracting a tooth there are two types of procedures, a simple or surgical extraction. During a simple extraction, one of our Clear Lake Dental Care dentists will use forceps to remove the tooth. This can only be performed in the case that the tooth is above the gumline. If the tooth is not above the gumline, we perform a surgical extraction. This is common for wisdom teeth and involves stitches and anesthesia. After your teeth are removed, our staff at Clear Lake Dental Care may place a bridge, implant, or dentures to replace the now missing teeth.
In the case that patients suffer an injury or are in extreme pain, they can call for emergency dental work. Our staff would be happy to help you schedule an appointment for immediate tooth extraction.
Recovery from Tooth Removal
After the procedure, patients can experience some pain. We recommend ice to relieve pain and swelling, rinsing with salt water, and anti-inflammatory medication. Additionally, Dr. Das may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Most patients fully recover within one to two weeks.
Complications after tooth extraction
A tooth extraction is typically a safe procedure with minimal to no complications. However, if complications do occur, they can include:
- Dry socket or bone exposure
- Jaw soreness
- Fractured jaw
- Accidental damage to surrounding teeth.