Tooth Extractions – South Austin, TX
Doing What’s Best for Your Smile
At The Dental Centre, we believe that conservative treatment is the best way to go most of the time. After all, your natural permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but unfortunately in some scenarios, removing an adult tooth is necessary to keep the rest of your mouth and body safe and healthy. If we need to extract a tooth, don’t worry—Dr. Fan is an expert and will make sure you are completely comfortable during the entire procedure.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
We won’t suggest taking teeth out on a whim. We will only do so when we think that your oral and overall health could be at risk. If you have any of the following, Dr. Fan may recommend extraction:
- Overcrowded teeth.
- Severe tooth decay.
- Broken tooth that can’t be salvaged.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
- Severe gum disease.
In each of these scenarios, leaving the tooth in your mouth could cause you serious harm.
What happens during tooth extraction?
Depending on the location of the tooth that needs to be removed and how badly decayed or damaged it is, extraction can be as simple as pulling the tooth from its socket with dental pliers or as complex as going beneath the gum surface and surgically extracting the tooth in parts. Either way, because Dr. Fan is certified in Level 1 Conscious Sedation, you can sit back and relax while we resolve the issue for you.
What do I need to do after my tooth extraction to heal properly?
Following a tooth extraction, it’s important to take care of yourself. If you don’t, you could suffer from an infection or have other unpleasant consequences. That’s why you need to do the following after you have a tooth removed:
- Get plenty of rest. Avoid rigorous activities for a few days to give yourself time to heal.
- Allow a clot to form. Keep gauze on the site for a few hours after the procedure, replacing it if necessary, until the bleeding stops. A clot on the extraction site helps protect the vulnerable nerves and tissue from bacteria.
- Use cold packs on your face to reduce swelling.
- Take over-the-counter medication to manage any pain.
- Avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours. The sucking motion can dislodge the clot.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products for at least 24 to 48 hours.
What are my tooth restoration options?
After tooth removal, you may be left with a noticeable gap in your smile. What should you do now? We are proud to offer dental implants, dental bridges, partial and full dentures for those who need tooth replacement. Dr. Fan can place as well as restore dental implants, so you don’t have to go anywhere else to get the treatment you need. We can help you regain your smile’s strength, function, health, and beauty back.
If you have any other questions about extractions, feel free to contact our Oak Hill office. We’re happy to address your concerns and help you keep your smile happy and healthy.