No one wants to lose a tooth. But there are times when a simple extraction is the best option, both for treating an existing problem and for preventing that problem from getting worse
. As a top Texas family dentist, Smile Workshop Family Dentistry and Orthodontics offers simple extractions for patients of all ages, using customized treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs.
What is a simple extraction?
A simple extraction is an extraction that does not involve cutting into the gums or removal of bone to remove a tooth. In a simple extraction, the tooth isn’t really “pulled” out. Instead, the dentist uses special tools to gently lift the tooth out of its socket. A simple extraction is performed in a single office visit, usually in about a half hour.
Why are teeth pulled?
Simple extractions are usually performed when a tooth is damaged and it can’t be treated with another option, like a filling. There are 5 Most common reasons why ly, teeth are pulled when:
- There’s a lot of decay in the tooth.
- The tooth is badly infected, or you want to prevent infection from spreading.
- The tooth has been damaged by trauma.
- You need to correct an overcrowding problem.
- The tooth is causing a problem with your bite mechanics.
Before recommending an extraction, a our family dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your tooth, including X-rays, to make sure pulling the tooth is the best treatment option for you.
What happens during a simple extraction?
At Smile Workshop, a simple extraction really lives up to its name. Once we determine the tooth needs to be extracted, we’ll numb your tooth with a local anesthetic. The anesthetic blocks pain sensations, so you won’t feel discomfort
during the extraction. If needles make you nervous, we can provide you with a mild sedative to help you relax. We offer both oral sedatives and nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.”
After the tooth is numbed, your dentist uses special tools designed specifically for extractions to loosen the tooth and lift it from the socket. These tools help ensure the entire tooth can be removed without breaking it. While you won’t feel pain, you will feel some pressure as the tooth is removed. Following the extraction, we might close the opening with a few sutures that dissolve on their own, or we might give you a piece of gauze to bite down on to stop the bleeding.
Will I have pain after the tooth is pulled?
Once the anesthetic wears off, you might have some discomfort, but you’ll be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. In the early stages of healing, you should also avoid very hot or spicy foods and foods that are hard or crunchy to avoid irritating the area. Before you leave Smile Workshop, we’ll give you instructions on how to care for the area, so it heals quickly.
Simple Extractions at Smile Workshop
Simple extractions are just one way we help Texas patients enjoy better oral health. As a top-rated family dentist, we offer comprehensive dental care for all ages. With 14 locations in and around Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Amarillo, it’s easier than ever to get the care you need for optimal oral health. To learn more about simple extractions or to schedule a check-up, give us a call at 1-888-833-8404 and book an appointment today.