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.
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:
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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 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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