Do I Need a Tooth Extraction? - Garland, TX

Tooth Extractions - My Family Dentist Garland

Tooth Extractions are necessary in a number of situations including severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, or non-repairable breakage. Other reasons include poorly positioned teeth which are inhibiting proper alignment of the bite (impacted teeth), or preparation for other treatments including dentures.

The removal of teeth is generally avoided at all costs because of its negative effect on chewing ability, jaw joint, and shifting teeth. However, tooth extractions are inevitable in some cases and are necessary to keep your mouth free from infection or injury.

To avoid issues which could result from missing teeth, Dr. Heaton will discuss options for the replacement of teeth including crowns or partial dentures.

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Minimal Pain Tooth Extractions

The treated teeth, jawbone, and gums are numbed using a local anesthetic in order to prevent pain. Although the anesthetic prevents the nerves surrounding your teeth from registering pain to your brain, most patients will still experience a sensation of pressure during the procedure. Patients are informed that if they experience any pain during the procedure, let Dr. Heaton know immediately so we can take preventative measures.

Sectioning Process

In some cases, the treated tooth is so firmly anchored with curved roots that the socket cannot effectively spread in order for the tooth to be removed. When this is the case, Dr. Heaton might cut the tooth into sections and remove them one at a time.

Post Extraction

Immediately after the extraction of the treated tooth, patients bite on a gauze pad for 15-30 minutes in order to stop the bleeding. This process is repeated until the bleeding stops completely, and often takes more than 45 minutes to stop completely.

Following your extraction appointment, there are certain activities which could hinder your mouth’s ability to heal and could disrupt or dislodge the blood clot. For three days, avoid rinsing vigorously, sucking on straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, or brushing the area where the tooth was removed. Increases in blood pressure could also increase the chances of bleeding. Try to avoid extraneous exercise within 24 hours of the extraction in order to prevent unwanted disruptions to the healing process.

Swelling and pain is normal immediately after your extraction appointment. Icing the area of your face where this swelling is taking place can help to reduce swelling and pain medications might be prescribed for patients going through this procedure. Swelling generally ceases within 48 hours of the end of your appointment.

Pain medication should always be used as directed. If your medication is not working effectively, contact our office and we can take additional steps to assist you. If antibiotics are prescribed to prevent infection, take them for the total amount of time indicated even if all symptoms disappear. Patients should maintain a soft diet on the day of extraction and drink lots of fluids to counteract any medication present. Patients can return to their normal diet as soon as they are comfortable.

After 24 hours, patients should resume normal hygiene practices including brushing and flossing at least once a day. In addition to keeping your mouth healthy and clean, hygiene also can speed up the healing process of your mouth.

If you still experience serious discomfort after a few days or experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling, etc, contact our office immediately.

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