A tooth extraction is a type of procedure that aims to remove a problematic tooth. The tooth might be painful, damaged, compromised or pose a threat to your oral health in another way. Regardless of the situation, we make the extraction process easy and quick in our office. Extractions are always done on an as-needed basis and if possible, we help in replacing the tooth once it's been removed.
Extractions are helpful for a variety of different reasons. They can be done to remove a severely damaged or decayed tooth. It's not uncommon for a patient to need extractions if they have advanced gum disease and many of their teeth are loose. You might even need to have wisdom teeth or stubborn baby teeth removed to protect your future oral health.
To determine if an extraction is needed, we'll perform an examination and take x-rays. Our goal is to try to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. However, it's understandable that some teeth are beyond the point of being saved. Extractions can be done on both pediatric and adult patients.
The extraction process will begin with an anesthetic that is used to carefully numb one area of your mouth. We then use special dental tools to loosen and lift the damaged or problem tooth from its underlying socket. We may place sutures (stitches) as needed to help close up the gums. Once the gums are sealed, we will have you bite down on a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding before leaving the office. You will be provided with aftercare instructions that help you to keep the area clean while it is given a chance to heal. Some pain and swelling is to be expected for a few days following oral surgery.
If you think you might benefit from a tooth extraction, call us today in Tyler, TX so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.