Our team can handle oral health issues both minor and complex. In some cases, you may need an oral surgical procedure, such as a tooth extraction. The procedure could help protect smiles from infection and painful symptoms. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about how we safely and comfortably extract a tooth to help your smile.
The Need for Removing a Tooth
When is a tooth beyond treatment with a dental restoration? Well, this could apply to teeth with severe breakage or fractures, or with teeth with advanced decay or infection. Lack of treatment could mean the infection reaches other teeth and threatens smile stability. Our team also removes teeth to aid in orthodontic treatment or even improve overall bite balance and fight jaw joint strain. We could also suggest tooth extraction for wisdom teeth, removing your third molars before they erupt and create painful impactions, infections, damaged teeth, and misalignment. If you’ve lost most of your teeth and need dentures, we may remove the last few to pave the way for your new smile.
Taking Steps to Ensure Your Comfort
Our team knows that the idea of tooth extraction could make people feel nervous, especially if they have dental anxiety. We take time to answer your questions and concerns, and to help you feel relaxed and calm. In addition to a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, our team will also administer dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, and while staying conscious enough to respond to the dentist as needed. You will often have little to no memory of the procedure too! The sedation option we prescribe will depend on your age, weight, medical history, anxiety levels, or special needs. We have experience helping people receive the care they need, even if they have special needs or anxiety levels that make this difficult!
The Tooth Extraction Process
Once you’re comfortable and relaxed, we will use the digital x-rays we took of your smile to allow us to gently remove the tooth while avoiding blood vessels, nerve tissues, and sinus cavities. We gently extract the tooth with a pair of forceps and then suture the area closed. The process could take as little as 30 minutes. We will provide aftercare instructions to help the area form a clot and heal quickly. If you have any questions about how we remove teeth with a safe and gentle extraction, then contact our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Oral Surgery
When possible, we want to restore a tooth to optimal health. But if this isn’t possible, we can extract the tooth! For more information on how our team can gently extract a tooth, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 to schedule a visit.