Experience just how painless tooth extraction can be with advanced care in Little Elm
Not only can tooth extraction be painless, but this common procedure is also an efficient, affordable, healthy, and straightforward alternative to holding on to teeth that are badly damaged, don’t have enough room in your mouth, or put you at risk of serious complications down the road. While Frisco Elm Dental partners with you to retain natural teeth whenever possible, removing a tooth may be the best option to restore or maintain oral health and general wellbeing. You’re in good hands with Dr. Vidya Suri’s gentle technologies and advanced skills, but she’ll also provide information on tooth extraction care in Little Elm, TX. Combined with top-notch care before and during treatment, following these instructions aids in speedy healing and minimizes risks.
Types of extractions
Generally, procedures fall into two categories:
- Simple extraction
- Surgical extraction
A simple extraction may be done on a tooth that’s visible. Before the tooth is extracted, Dr. Suri numbs the area, so you don’t feel anything. She uses tools to loosen the tooth for easy removal. Surgery may be necessary for teeth that aren’t seen in your mouth – maybe they’re trapped by other teeth and can’t erupt in a healthy manner. Depending on your needs, a stronger anesthetic may be used for utmost comfort. The tooth is accessed through small incisions. Special instruments are then used to grasp, gently loosen, and remove the tooth.
There are several reasons Frisco Elm Dental may recommend painless and quick extraction rather than keeping a tooth:
- Impaction — This complication often arises with third molars, the last teeth to develop. When wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to grow in properly, they may develop at an angle and become either partially or fully blocked by other teeth. We’ll want to treat impacted teeth quickly to resolve or prevent soreness, pressure, and damage to neighboring teeth, nerves, and bone.
- Orthodontics — If teeth are crooked, sometimes a tooth must be extracted before straightening treatment. Your mouth may not be big enough to accommodate teeth after they’ve been successfully repositioned and treated with braces. Extraction allows for efficient straightening and desirable outcomes from orthodontic treatment.
- Tooth replacement — If you’re missing many teeth, Dr. Suri may recommend removing existing teeth before creating natural, functional, and well-fitting dentures. You may be holding onto painful or visibly damaged teeth, because you don’t want to be toothless. You never have to feel or look less than your best at Frisco Elm Dental! Dr. Suri offers both immediate full dentures and partial flippers, which are placed right after extractions, so you have teeth while your dental appliance is being made.
A tooth may also be seriously fractured as the result of severe decay or following a fall or other accident. In these cases, trying to rebuild existing natural tooth structure threatens the long-term integrity of the tooth. Starting with a completely new tooth, such as a dental bridge or implant-supported crown, would be the preferred option.
Frisco Elm Dental distinguishes its approach to extractions in several ways, including:
- Advanced diagnostics — Our comfortable, safe, and gentle X-rays and intraoral cameras offer unmatched precision. By monitoring the development of your teeth and jaws, complications from problems like impacted wisdom teeth are prevented with early and effective extractions.
- Sedative options — Since patients can have different levels of anxiety about dental procedures, Dr. Suri is trained and experienced with oral conscious sedation in addition to nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Think of sedation dentistry as a “helper” to support a pleasant, comfortable experience in the treatment chair.
Typically, a blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth used to be. This clot plays a vital role in healthy healing, so it’s important to avoid any habits or actions that may cause the clot to break loose and expose bone.
- Avoid strenuous work or exercise for at least the first 24 hours post-treatment.
- Don’t smoke!
- Bite firmly yet carefully on gauze provided by your dentist.
- Change gauze regularly.
- Ice or a cold compress minimizes swelling.
- Don’t rinse, spit, use straws, or take any other actions that may dislodge the clot.
- Soft foods like soup or yogurt are necessary, and solid foods should be added gradually.
Dr. Suri will go over instructions on care with you. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call (214) 705-7100.