When you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, or teeth that are severely damaged, then you may need more than just dental restoration. Instead, saving your smile from major complications may mean removing these teeth. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about how we protect smiles with a safe and gentle tooth extraction.
When a Tooth Needs to Be Removed
Our team could remove teeth too damaged, decayed, or infected to be treated, as staying in place could threaten surrounding teeth. We could also take out ones loosened by gum disease, or to make room for orthodontics treatment. Extraction could help improve bite balance and chewing function too. We’ve also removed teeth to make room for full dentures. But in many cases, we prescribe a tooth extraction to actually take our wisdom teeth before they arrive, as their arrival could mean painful partial eruptions, infections, damaged teeth, and dental misalignment.
How We Ensure Your Comfort
We know the prospect of oral surgery could make someone feel uneasy. But don’t worry, we take steps to ensure your comfort during the procedure. In addition to a local numbing agent near the extraction site, our team can also offer dental sedation. We can choose the right option to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, remaining conscious but having little to no memory of the procedure at all. The effects may take time to wear off, so be sure a friend or family member is available to bring you home afterward.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Our team will identify the position of the tooth being treated, and plan the procedure in detail to avoid sinus cavities or nerve tissues. Once you’re comfortable we then gently remove the tooth in question with a pair of forceps. We then suture the area closed, and send you home with detailed aftercare instructions and any prescriptions for necessary medications. Take your medication as prescribed, and be sure to avoid solid foods, straw use, and activity for the first day. Afterward, you can usually return to normal activities. We will remove the sutures in a follow up visit. If the extraction leaves a gap behind, we could discuss bridges or even implant dentistry.
If you have any questions about the process of extracting a tooth, or if you want to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Offers Tooth Extraction
We would like to help protect your smile from issues like wisdom tooth impaction. For more information on our approach to oral surgery and restorative dentistry, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.