Removing teeth is never our first choice at Canyon Creek Family Dentistry of Richardson. It is always our final recourse when there are no other options, but when removing one tooth will benefit the health of your whole smile, our team can offer safe, comfortable tooth extractions. If you’re in need of tooth removal or any of the wide range of restorative dentistry services we provide for our patients, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call today. We’ll schedule a treatment consultation appointment for you to come and visit us in our state-of-the-art Richardson dentistry practice. We’ll examine your smile and help you to develop a personalized tooth extraction plan, and when necessary, we will also plan to replace your lost dental structures.
We will do our best to help you avoid tooth extractions, but we may need to provide them to protect your overall health in the following situations:
There are many reasons why we may need to remove your wisdom teeth. Their late eruption into the smile often means that patients don’t have adequate space to accommodate an additional set of molars. This can make it impossible for the wisdom teeth to erupt at all, and it can shift surrounding teeth out of alignment. In order to protect overall oral health in these situations, we will recommend wisdom tooth extraction.
While there are some rare occasions where the mouth is large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, it’s not typical that all four can fit inside the mouth. If this is the case, we’ll often recommend extraction, especially if we believe it will only put you at risk for serious dental problems (including oral infections.)
Tooth extraction is completed either by pulling or surgical removal. Pulling a tooth is possible only if the tooth has fully emerged from the gum line. When this happens, we can numb the area and use a clasp tool to shift the tooth back and forth until it breaks free from the supportive structures. Surgical removal may be simply cutting away soft tissue to reveal additional tooth structure, or it could include more advanced methods like drilling into supportive bone tissues or breaking the tooth into smaller pieces.
In the event you’re feeling nervous or anxious about having a tooth removed, our office is also happy to provide sedation dentistry to help you feel more at ease ahead of and during your procedure.
Following the removal of one or more teeth, our knowledgeable team members will walk you through how best to care for your smile as the tooth extraction site heals. Everyone is different, but in most cases, we will recommend the following:
If you’ve never had teeth removed before, we understand that you may have questions about your procedure or why we recommend it in the first place. At Canyon Creek Family Dentistry, we’re happy to answer your questions and provide a detailed explanation for why a tooth may need to be extracted. For your convenience, you can read through some of the most common questions we’ve heard from previous patients below!
After about 24 to 48 hours, the treatment area should begin to show a blood clot forming in the socket. This will ensure that bleeding does not occur day-to-day. Your body will also begin to develop tissue to cover the wound. You may notice the area turning a white color, which consists of collagen as well as blood vessels and white blood cells, which is normal.
More often than not, it’s actually better to receive a dental implant immediately after a tooth is extracted in order to minimize bone loss following treatment. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if the tooth needed to be extracted due to gum disease, periodontal therapy will need to be completed before an implant can be confidently placed. After the socket has fully healed, we can then start thinking about tooth replacements like dental implants.
Most patients are surprised by how comfortable dental extractions are compared to their expectations, and this is largely because of the local anesthetic that’s applied before treatment begins. You may notice some minor pressure during the removal itself, but the anesthetic ensures no sensation is felt. After it wears off, though, you can expect some mild soreness. This is a normal part of treatment and should go away on its own.