Pflugerville tooth extractions

What is the Extraction of a Tooth?

Tooth extraction is when the dentist pulls a tooth. A tooth gets removed when it is damaged and can’t be restored. Usually, teeth are pulled because of decay or trauma. During a tooth extraction, a dentist thoroughly numbs the area around the tooth, then pulls or extracts the damaged tooth in question. In many cases, you can have the tooth replaced using several methods. The most popular way of replacing teeth right now is the dental implant.

If you are a person in good health and lose a tooth due to trauma, decay or injury, you may have lost more than a tooth. You may also have lost a part of the jaw that held the tooth, too. Your dentist may suggest bone grafting to rebuild the jaw and make it a better base for other procedures such as dental implants to be done.

What is Bone Grafting?

The process of bone grafting involves taking a piece of bone from one part of your jaw and moving it to the place where the grafting occurs. The area of transplantation takes several months to set in and become stable before further procedures can happen. When a certain amount of time has passed, and the area has healed, additional procedures such as dental implants can and most likely will occur.

Types of Extractions We Provide

Basic Tooth Extractions

A basic tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. In other words, teeth that aren’t impacted are considered basic extractions. We don’t need to make an incision to access the tooth so we just use an appliance called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then use forceps to remove it. You will be under anesthetic so you will not feel any pain.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Because wisdom teeth usually don’t erupt properly and end up being impacted in the gums, they require surgical removal. An incision into the gums grants us access to the tooth. The removal process for wisdom teeth is the same as basic extractions but we may need to cut additional gum and bone tissue. 

Wisdom teeth may also be sectioned (cut into smaller fragments) to make removal easier. This will not be painful at all, as you will be under anesthetic and possibly additional sedation.

When Are Extractions Necessary?

There are many possible causes for tooth extraction. If you have severe decay, a tooth infection, overcrowding, gum disease, dental trauma, or impacted teeth, they will likely need to be removed. Teeth may also be extracted to create extra room for orthodontic treatment. 

If you have an accident that causes mouth injuries, this can cause damage to your tooth’s dental pulp, and depending on the severity, you may need to have the tooth removed. Wisdom teeth are prone to causing severe pain, pushing against other teeth, repeatedly getting infected, and are unable to fully erupt so any of these detected problems would warrant an extraction.

Aftercare for Extractions: What to Expect

Stop Bleeding – After having a tooth extracted, you will experience bleeding, swelling, and minor pain or discomfort. After your extraction, gauze will be placed at the extraction site to stop the bleeding. A blood clot needs to form so that the socket can heal and so bacteria doesn’t reach the nerves. Some bleeding for the first few hours is normal. 

This may continue for 24 hours. Regularly change your gauze every few hours and make sure you wet them first. If bleeding is persistent, you can bite down on a wet caffeinated tea bag instead which promotes blood clotting.

Avoid all forms of suction like spitting, rinsing your mouth, drinking through a straw, or smoking for at least 24 hours. You will also need to rest and avoid strenuous exercise, as all of these activities can dislodge blood clots and cause Dry Socket.

Control Swelling – Swelling will peak 48-72 hours after extraction and can be reduced by intermittently applying a cold pack to the area for 15 minutes on and off. Elevate your head to avoid blood pooling and to reduce swelling. 

Relieve Pain – Anti-inflammatory pain medication reduces swelling and pain. You may feel discomfort or tenderness at the extraction site once the anesthetic has worn off. If you have been prescribed medication for pain relief, take this as instructed or take over-the-counter pain relief. 

Oral Hygiene – You can rinse your mouth with a lukewarm salt water rinse a few times a day after the first 24 hours. You will need to stick to soft foods while you heal, so avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods. Chew on the side without the extraction, drink plenty of fluids. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth but avoid the extraction site.

Schedule Your Extraction in Pflugerville Today!

If you have an infected, damaged, or impacted tooth, you may need to have it removed. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we only use extractions as a last resort. We will exhaust all other options before advising that you have a tooth removed. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Mun.