What is tooth extraction?
Simple tooth extraction involves removing a tooth that has erupted through the gums completely and is visible in the mouth. Surgical tooth extraction consists of removing teeth that have either not erupted or have erupted only partially. At our office, we perform both simple and surgical tooth extractions, though in some complicated cases, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for optimal results.
When is tooth extraction necessary?
We take great measures to save an extremely decayed or infected tooth, but some patients are not good candidates for root canal treatment. Therefore, extraction could be the best option to help treat the infection and prevent it from spreading. Teeth that are loose due to advanced periodontal disease, as well as teeth that are fractured beneath the gum line, may also require extraction.
What do I do afterward?
Following tooth extraction, your dentist will ask you to bite on a piece of gauze to help control bleeding. After about an hour, a blood clot will form in the socket. Disturbing the blood clot can compromise the healing process, so don’t do anything that will dislodge it, such as spitting, sucking on a straw, or smoking, within the first 24 hours. Your dentist will give you specific instructions for aftercare, and if appropriate, discuss your options for replacing the extracted tooth.
Speak with your dentist about tooth extraction.
If your tooth is too decayed or broken to save with restorative dentistry, then extracting it could be the best way to preserve your smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.