Getting your tooth pulled is the opposite of fun, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For safe and expert extractions, visit Davina Prida, DDS, at Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas. Dr. Prida can offer the proper treatment to help you feel comfortable during an extraction. To find out if you may need an extraction, call the office or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.
Permanent teeth are built to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, some teeth might not. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Illness, decay, and trauma can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.
Other reasons for extractions include:
There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is more involved. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. In these cases, the dentist makes a small incision in your gum to remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
You'll receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you will not feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist may administer a general anesthetic. You will sleep through the whole procedure with a general anesthetic.
While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, depending on the scope of your dental operation.
Because everyone's circumstances are different, it’s best to contact Dr. Prida and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options in addition to any important post-procedure treatments such as dental implants or crowns.
To find out which options are best for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online.