Fort Worth, TX
Sometimes the best option for your oral health is to extract a tooth that has become too diseased or damaged to safely stay in your mouth. When an extraction is called for, HomeTown Dental at Belknap offers a top-notch team of dental experts to make the procedure as quick, painless, and worry-free as possible.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
A tooth might need to be removed for all sorts of reasons. One type of typically unavoidable extraction that many people experience is having their wisdom teeth removed. Teeth might also be extracted to make room for dentures. Usually though, we attempt other, less invasive restorative procedures, such as crowns and fillings, before opting for an extraction. When damage or decay is too severe though, extraction can be the safest and healthiest choice. Sometimes the tooth itself can be healthy but is crowding other teeth or preventing new teeth from coming in. We extract these teeth for the health of all your other teeth.
What Is an Extraction Like
What an extraction procedure is like depends on whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are easily visible, well above the gumline and not crowded by other teeth. Surgical extractions are slightly more complex procedures for teeth that cannot as easily be seen.
Both procedures are usually quick, taking only about half an hour per tooth. Extractions are one of the oldest and most common dental operations around, so our dental pros have plenty of experience with them. We usually use local anesthesia to numb any pain, but you will still feel some pressure, though rarely to an uncomfortable degree. Most extractions will also involve loud noises, so if you would like, we recommend bringing earbuds to play music during the operation.
What You Can Expect After An Extraction
While every patient’s health needs are unique, so we will give you instructions tailored specifically to you, there are still a few general guidelines you can keep in mind to help speed up the recovery process. Recovering from an extraction usually does not take too long, no more than a few days. The most important thing during this period is carefully and delicately cleaning the extraction site to avoid infection. You should continue to brush and floss as normal but be careful to not aggravate the area from which the tooth was extracted. Anything that might irritate the site, like straws, rinsing, and smoking, should all be avoided. Soft foods are best for the first few days, so this is one of the few times you will hear a dentist say to go eat ice cream! You should also be careful about the kind of exercising you do. If you typically do high-impact, contact exercises consider switching to something more low-impact for at least a week.
Extract Your Pain Today!
If you have persistent tooth pain or are suffering from severe infection or damage, you could be a good candidate for tooth extraction. If you are curious about the procedure and are interested in how it might be able to benefit you, then give HomeTown Dental at Belknap a call at 682-204-5735!