Tooth Extractions – Richardson, TX
Keep Your Smile Safe with a Comfortable Extraction
In most circumstances, our goal will be to avoid removing your tooth; we’ll always opt for a more conservative approach whenever we can. Sometimes, though, damaged teeth cannot be repaired, and they might be putting the rest of your smile in danger. At our Richardson practice, Dr. Hamid Mirsepasi will always make sure that you’re fully informed about your oral health so that you understand why a tooth needs to be removed. Give us a call today if you think you might require a tooth extraction.
Why Choose Hamid Mirsepasi, DDS for Tooth Extractions?
- In-House Implant Placement for Replacing Removed Teeth
- Focus on Conservative Dental Care
- More Than Two Decades of Dental Experience
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
If a tooth is severely injured in an accident, sometimes it might be so broken that it is no longer capable of supporting a dental restoration, leaving extraction as the only remaining option. Another common reason why a tooth might have to be removed is infection. While it’s often possible to salvage infected teeth with root canal therapy, extraction may be necessary if the infection has reached the point where it might start to spread to other parts of the mouth.
Surprisingly, tooth extraction might also sometimes be needed if you’re planning on having orthodontic work done. In order to reposition the teeth, there needs to be enough room for them to shift. As such, if the teeth are overcrowded, an extraction might be the only way to create the required space.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
First, we need to make sure that tooth extraction really is the best available option. We will examine the tooth, figure out what the issue is, and consider what types of treatment might be able to help restore your oral health while also preserving as much of your natural smile as possible. Only if the tooth is beyond salvaging will we recommend extraction.
Tooth extractions fall under one of two categories: simple or surgical.
- Simple Extraction: An instrument called an elevator is used to loosen the tooth so that we can take it out of its socket with forceps. We can perform a simple extraction if the tooth has completely emerged from the gums.
- Surgical Extraction: A small amount of gum and bone tissue is taken out of your mouth so that we can remove the tooth. In some cases, the tooth might have to be extracted in smaller sections. Typically, the surgical approach is required if the tooth is impacted or has broken off below the gumline.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Take any prescribed pain medication as directed. Try to avoid exercise for at least a few days; you don’t want to increase your blood flow too much, as it could have a negative impact on the healing process. Don’t eat anything hard, crunchy, or sticky. Your diet should consist of soft foods while you’re still recovering. Finally, do not use a straw to drink anything, as doing so could result in a dry socket.