Tooth Extraction - Allen, TX

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At Sloan Creek Dental, we prioritize preserving your natural teeth through a conservative approach to dentistry. That said, there are instances where extraction is necessary, such as a decayed tooth that could damage surrounding teeth. If we do recommend extraction, we’ll explain why and discuss treatment options to restore your oral health. Fortunately, Dr. Feng is an expert in this procedure and will tailor a treatment plan to ensure your comfort and ease during the process.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

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There are a number of reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. During your exam, your dentist will take care of you and help you understand what is causing pain, discomfort, or other problems in your mouth. They will then be able to recommend the best treatment plan for you. Common reasons for needing tooth extraction include:

  • Severely weekend tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Accidental trauma to the tooth such as broken teeth
  • Severe tooth decay that reaches the center of the tooth called the pulp, causing significant damage to a tooth beyond repair. When this happens, making a successful restoration impossible.
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Extreme discomfort in your teeth
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What Are the Benefits of Tooth Removal?

Your smile is important to us, and we emphasize the preservation of your natural teeth and gums, but sometimes a tooth extraction is the most effective treatment for oral disease. If a tooth extraction is necessary, here’s what you can expect if you opt for this treatment:

  • A more attractive smile – Once a tooth has decayed and damaged beyond repair, it may be necessary to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or other restoration.
  • Pain relief – Dental trauma or severe infection may cause toothaches that require extraction for pain relief.
  • Prevention – There are times when wisdom teeth extractions are recommended to prevent crowding and damaging nearby teeth. If a tooth is severely decayed, we can extract it to prevent infection from spreading to adjacent teeth.
  • Orthodontic treatment – If your teeth are too crowded and you are considering orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles, your dentist may recommend an extraction to make room for neighboring teeth.

Can I be sedated during a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction procedure always involve the use of a local anesthetic. During this process, the local anesthetic will completely numb the surrounding area, so you don’t have to worry about it being painful. If you experience anxiety at the dentist or you think you will want sedation dentistry during your oral surgery, please let our team know, and we will be more than happy to add dental sedation to your treatment plan. Sloan Creek Dental offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, both very safe and effective forms of dental sedation that can help reduce anxious thoughts and promote a sense of relaxation during the extraction.

What should I expect during my procedure?

After the examination,  Dr. Feng will discuss your treatment plan with you so you may understand the specifics of the dental procedure.  A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable.  Depending on the treatment plan, there are two types of extractions done by a general dentist or an oral surgeon:

  • Simple Extraction:  A simple extraction means that the tooth that is being extracted can be seen in the mouth.  
  • Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction is when your tooth is broken at the gum line or hasn’t broken through the gum, and that is when we recommend extracting it through a surgical procedure.  During this process, Dr. Feng will make an incision into the gums  to remove the impacted tooth. Typically this type of surgery is used to remove wisdom teeth.

After the procedure, Dr. Feng will clean the socket and place gauze on it to promote clotting. Depending on the treatment, you may be prescribed painkillers to help with the pain.

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What is the recovery like after a tooth extraction?

After your procedure, we’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions and a personalized recovery plan to promote gum healing. Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the issue and the type of extraction performed. Nonetheless, most patients recover quickly, and applying ice and taking over-the-counter pain medication can alleviate swelling. Here are some helpful guidelines for a smooth recovery:

  • Leave the initial gauze pad in place until about three to four hours after the procedure.
  • Apply an ice pack to the area for about 10 minutes at a time to keep the swelling down.
  • To avoid dislodging the blood clot, don’t rinse, spit, or use a straw for 24 hours.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, soup
  • Avoid smoking as smoking will hinder the healing process.

What should I do after a tooth removal?

After your tooth removal, we understand that thinking of a tooth replacement won’t be top of mind during your recovery. However, it’s important to consider tooth replacement options sooner than later. With the tooth root no longer present, the bone in your jaw will begin to deteriorate, leaving your surrounding teeth to shift out of place, cause unnecessary pain, and may cause further complications in the surrounding area. There are two options to replace a single tooth.

  • Dental Implant – With a dental implant, your jaw won’t shrink because the implant stimulates it when you chew. It will also give you the feel and function that is closest to a natural tooth.
  • Dental Bridge –  A dental bridge is an alternative to a dental implant. A dental bridge is a false tooth that connects to the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, and it helps stabilize the remaining teeth.

“Awesome, no more dentist phobia! They were able to see me ASAP and did the extraction at the same time ! The doctor even took the time call me the next day to check on me.” 
Kenya A. (May 2021)

Tooth Extraction FAQs

After you’ve lost a tooth, the healing process can take approximately one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the space where your tooth was removed, but over time the remaining teeth surrounding the area may shift, affecting your bite and making chewing difficult.

When the tooth is being loosened and extracted, you may feel a slight pressure, but no pain. You might also hear some sound, which is normal in order to remove the tooth.

It may be cheaper to pull a tooth than to repair it, but the ultimate cost of replacing the tooth will be higher in the long term and will take much longer to deal with. If given the option to save the tooth or extract it, Dr. Feng will always recommend saving the tooth. Once the tooth is removed, bone loss in the jaw may occur, resulting in one or more teeth shifting.

Need to see a dentist for a tooth extraction near Allen?

As your local dentist near the Allen area, we are here to help you with any questions or concerns that you might have about your dental health. If you want to learn more about how to improve your dental health, questions about dental extractions, or other reInvisalign process, other restorative treatment options, feel free to call our office,and we’ll be happy to help with your oral care. You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440.

Our dental office is located in Fairview, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Lucas.

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“Awesome, no more dentist phobia!
They were able to see me ASAP and did the extraction at the same time ! The doctor even took the time call me the next day to check on me.”
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“I’ve never experienced a dentist office like this. The staff was super attentive and took great care for my comfort. Dr. Feng was very kind and took her time to explain everything and answer all my questions. I never thought I’d say this, but I had an amazing trip to the dentist. Thanks!”
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“Dr Feng always takes time to answer any questions or concerns and the staff is very kind – they are very aware of patient comfort and it really helps create a relaxing environment”

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“Everyone in the office from front to back are so friendly and personable! I had a great experience with Dr. Feng. She is gentle and conservative in her treatment. I would recommend her and her staff to anyone!”