No one ever wants to lose a tooth. However, our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction if your tooth is excessively decayed, damaged beyond repair, is unresponsive to root canal therapy, has been affected by periodontal disease, or needs to be removed for orthodontic treatment. At Aesthetic Dentistry Associates, we understand that having a tooth extracted can be devastating, and we work with you to find an appropriate replacement to restore your smile.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Tooth extraction is typically seen as something of a last resort. It is always our goal to do whatever possible to restore tooth health. However, this is sometimes just not possible. So to prevent the spread of infection in the mouth or other potential complications, extraction may be recommended.
Our dentists will begin by injecting an anesthetic to numb your jawbone, gums, and tooth to prevent you from feeling pain. The tooth will then be gently rocked or sectioned (cut into smaller pieces) to make the extraction easier. The procedure is typically fairly brief.
The extraction site will bleed for a little while after the tooth is removed. Keep the provided gauze on the extraction site and apply gentle pressure until it stops. Switch out the gauze as needed until the bleeding stops. Avoid chewing for at least two hours following your procedure, or until the numbness has worn off.
Any discomfort can typically be controlled with over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If pain or bleeding persist, notify our team.
It is recommended to follow a soft, mild diet immediately following your procedure. Continue your oral hygiene routine as normal, taking care around the extraction site.
Please follow all post-op instructions provided as closely as possible to ensure proper healing.
Once your extraction site has healed and bone tissue has developed inside the area where the tooth was, our dentists will work with you to choose an appropriate replacement for your tooth. Our dentists may recommend a dental implant, as it will completely replace your tooth, but other options are available as well.
For more information about tooth extractions in Humble, Texas, and to schedule your appointment with Drs. Umansky, Nikmard and Elmore, call us today at 281-446-4700.