Preserve Your Oral Health with Safe Tooth Extractions
Addison Grove Dental performs tooth extractions as part of our dental services. Our team utilizes a broad range of restorative procedures to save a damaged or infected tooth. However, the safest option to preserve your oral health is sometimes a tooth extraction. We prioritize gentle and sedation dentistry to alleviate your stress and promote a smooth recovery.
We serve the Addison, Dallas, Carrolton, and Richardson areas, and our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm. We accept many insurance providers and offer a membership plan to make dental care more accessible. If you have any questions about your treatment, our dedicated staff members can answer them in English, Spanish, or Hindi/Punjabi for your convenience.
When Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Many individuals need to get their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or later in life because they do not have adequate space for these teeth to safely stay in their jaws. Dentists can however recommend tooth extractions for other reasons.
Common dental concerns leading to a tooth extraction include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Tooth infection unresponsive to root canal therapy
- Teeth crowding
- Excessive damage due to trauma, fracture, or periodontitis
If we remove a tooth visible above the gum line, we consider it a simple extraction. In the case of a broken tooth or one that is stuck in the jaw or below the gum line, we perform a surgical extraction.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure, and our Addison dentist can help. The procedure is done to remove one or more wisdom teeth that cause problems. Here is a brief overview of the process:
- Consultation: Your dentist or oral surgeon will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine the position and condition of your wisdom teeth. They will also ask you about your medical history, medications, and any allergies you may have.
- Anesthesia: On the day of the surgery, you will be given anesthesia to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. The type of anesthesia used will depend on your individual needs and the extent of the surgery.
- Extraction: The oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums and remove any bone that may be blocking access to the wisdom tooth. They will then extract the tooth by gently rocking it back and forth until it comes out of the socket. In some cases, the tooth may need to be broken into pieces for easier removal.
- Stitches: After the tooth has been removed, the oral surgeon will place stitches in the socket to help it heal. The stitches are usually dissolvable and will fall out on their own within a week or two.
- Recovery: You will be monitored in a recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. You may experience some pain and swelling for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist or oral surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for the extraction site, including recommendations for pain relief, eating, and oral hygiene.
It is important to follow our Addison dentist's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and to minimize the risk of complications. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh.
Post-Operative Care to Support Healing
Dr. Singh and the rest of our staff prioritize your comfort and safety, and we use sedation dentistry to make the tooth extraction as comfortable and pain-free as possible. After the surgery, we provide you with post-operative instructions to optimize your recovery.
We usually recommend that you only eat soft foods and drink plenty of fluids for the few days following the extraction. You should also avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or vigorous mouth rinsing for at least 48 hours.
If you experience any of the following, please contact our office immediately:
- Persistent bleeding for more than 12 hours
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling or redness at the surgical site
We are available to treat dental emergencies and will take care of any additional treatment you need for optimal recovery after your tooth extraction. If you experience a dry socket, where the nerves and bone inside the socket become exposed, our providers can protect the extraction site with a medicated dressing to stimulate the formation of a new blood clot and promote healing.
Once your jaw and gum have healed, we can discuss tooth replacement solutions, including dental implants, to restore your smile to its fullness.