Tooth Extractions – Pasadena, TX
Eliminate Your Troublesome Tooth
No one wants to lose their teeth, and extraction is never your dentist’s first choice. However, sometimes, tooth extractions are necessary to restore and maintain the health of your smile. Ultimately, if a tooth is damaged to the point where it cannot be repaired, it can cause problems in surrounding areas. Fortunately, at Pasadena Family Dentistry, we offer tooth extractions to eliminate your troublesome tooth. To find out if this is the right option for you, give us a call!
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do everything in our power to help patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it simply isn’t a viable option. Here are some reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary to restore your overall dental health and function:
- There is severe damage or decay to the tooth that is irreparable.
- To ensure the long-term success of a restoration, like a denture.
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment.
- If a tooth is impacted and unable to erupt properly.
- When a primary tooth won’t fall out on its own.
By extracting problematic teeth, future infections and other oral health issues are much less likely to occur.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are either removed by pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gum line. In this case, we will start by numbing the area around your teeth with a local anesthetic and using a clasping tool to shift around the tooth until it breaks away from the gum line. If pulling a tooth isn’t possible, the tooth will need to be surgically extracted. For this procedure, a small incision is made to the gum tissue to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth to fully remove it.
To determine which extraction method is necessary for you, come see us for a consultation where we can evaluate your smile. When we discuss your extraction, we can also talk about tooth replacement options to prevent future oral health issues as a result of missing teeth.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you leave our office, we will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Every case is different, but here are some steps that we typically recommend for a quick recovery:
- Rinse with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
- Keep your head elevated while you sleep.
- Get plenty of rest to promote healing.
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medication as directed.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods.