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Tooth Extractions in Fairview

At Sloan Creek Dental, we take a conservative approach to dentistry as we do our best to try and preserve your natural teeth.  Although there are situations where we may recommend a tooth to be extracted if it can’t be saved, such as a decaying tooth that is at risk of damaging the surrounding teeth.  If a tooth does need to be extracted, we will thoroughly explain why we recommend it, and provide a personalized treatment plan to reestablish proper oral health.  Thankfully, Dr. Feng is highly skilled in this procedure and will personalize a treatment plan that will make you feel comfortable and at ease during this time.   

Digital X-Ray Radiography

Why would I need a tooth Extraction?

  • Severely weekend tooth.
  • Severe gum disease
  • Accidental trauma to the tooth.
  • Serious 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.
  • Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth.
  • Wisdom teeth causing pain due to not enough space in the jaw.

CAN YOU BE SEDATED DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

Tooth extraction procedures 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 dental sedation during your oral surgery, please let our team know and we will be more than happy to add sedation to your treatment plan. Sloan Creek Dental offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, which are 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 procedure.  A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable.  Depending on the procedure, there are two types of extractions:

  • 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 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 pain.

What is the recovery like after a tooth extraction?

Following the procedure, we will provide you with a recovery plan so that your gums can heal.  The healing process can vary depending on the severity of the problem and what type of extraction you’re having.   However recovery time in general is rather quick and over-the-counter pain medication in addition to applying ice to the treated area can help to reduce swelling.  Here are some guidelines to help with the recovery:

  • Leave the initial gauze pad in place until about three to four hours after the procedure.
  • Apply an ice bag 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 delays 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 2 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.

COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL Care FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

A great smile is one of the most important features of your appearance. We offer a variety of general and advanced dental procedures in our Fairview dental office, allowing us to deliver the comprehensive care you deserve and exceptional service you can trust. So whether you’re seeking a stunning smile makeover, emergency care for a painful toothache, or dental implants to replace missing teeth, your Fairview dentist near Allen, McKinney, and McKinney has your family covered.