Tooth Extractions – Dallas, TX
Put an End to Troublesome Teeth
No one wants to part with their teeth. Extractions are never your dentist’s first choice, but sometimes they are necessary to restore and maintain the health of the rest of your smile. When a tooth is damaged beyond the point of repair, it can cause problems in surrounding areas. That’s why at Lincoln Park Periodontal and Dental Implant Group, we offer tooth extractions in Dallas to put an end to troublesome teeth. If you think that an extraction would benefit you, give us a call to schedule a visit.
Why Choose Lincoln Park Periodontal and Dental Implant Group for Tooth Extractions?
- Board-Certified Periodontists
- Advanced Dental Technology
- Dental Insurance Welcome
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do everything in our power to help patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it isn’t a viable option. Here are a few reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary to restore your overall dental health and function:
- There is severe damage or decay to the tooth that is irreparable.
- To ensure the long-term success of a restoration – such as a denture.
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment.
- If a tooth is impacted and unable to properly erupt.
- When a primary tooth won’t fall out on its own.
By extracting troublesome teeth, future infections and other oral health issues are significantly less likely to occur.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are generally removed by either pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, we will start by numbing the area around your tooth and use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling a tooth isn’t possible, the tooth will need to be surgically extracted. For this procedure, a small incision is made into your gum tissue to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth to fully remove it.
To determine which extraction method is necessary for you, come see us for a consultation where we can evaluate your smile. We will also discuss tooth replacement options, if needed, to prevent future oral health issues as a result of tooth loss.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you leave the practice, we will provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid complications. Every case is different, but here are some steps we usually recommend for a comfortable, speedy recovery:
- Rinse with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has healed.
- Elevate your head while sleeping.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Tooth extractions can always be a point of anxiety, which is why we try and make the process as easy and painless as possible for our patients. However, it’s also great to want to learn more about the treatment you’re getting, so we’ll be happy to answer any questions you could potentially have.
If you want to learn a little bit more, here are answers to a few of the questions that we get often about this procedure.
What’s the Difference Between Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
While both of them involve getting rid of a problem tooth, wisdom teeth surgery tends to involve, well, surgery. This allows teeth that are below the gum line or that are impacted to be removed, which isn’t usually necessary in the case of the typical tooth extraction.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
Often when people have a tooth extracted they’re tempted to just leave the empty space in their smile, especially if it's one of the back teeth that’s been removed. However, your teeth do more than just look nice—you’ll have much more trouble talking and eating if you don’t have all of your teeth.
It’s also common for people who are missing teeth to have their jaw shrink as a consequence, which can negatively impact both your health and appearance. For that reason, we strongly recommend replacing any tooth you lose.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Tobacco smoke can irritate the gums and prevent healing after your tooth extraction, so it’s strongly recommended that you refrain from smoking after having your tooth extracted. You should make it a point to stop for at least five days, but ideally, you should avoid smoking for two weeks.
If you’re the sort of person who has had trouble quitting in the past, we’ll be happy to talk to you about some options that could potentially help you.
What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?
When you’re healing, the most important thing is to get some rest. Try to avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after your treatment, as this can cause excess bleeding or open up your wound. You should also be sure to keep the gauze in place and avoid playing with the wound.
If you’re uncomfortable, be sure to stick to the medication we prescribe you. Certain over-the-counter medications, like aspirin, can thin the blood and slow healing. You can also apply a cold compress to the wound in order to bring down any swelling.