Removing a tooth is never our team’s first choice, but sometimes, it’s simply the best way to safeguard a patient’s future oral health. We normally only recommend a tooth extraction if a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond the point of repair. Combining a gentle touch with sedation dentistry, our dentists know how to make the extraction process as comfortable and stress-free as possible. If you think that you have a problem tooth that needs to go, give us a call today—we’ll make you wish you contacted us sooner with pain free tooth extractions in Grand Prairie, TX!
No one likes the idea of getting one or more of their teeth extracted, and our team at Real Dental will use every resource available to preserve our patients’ teeth whenever possible. However, if an alternative, like root canal therapy, won’t relieve your pain or protect your oral health, then a tooth extraction may be necessary. If you have any specific questions about this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with our fantastic staff. Or, if you would simply like a bit more information, read on for the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions.
Restorative treatments can fix decayed, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth effectively. However, there are some circumstances where saving the natural tooth would be impossible or impractical, which necessitates an extraction. A few examples of when our dental team would recommend this procedure include:
Tooth extractions are often highly feared by patients, but much of the anxiety stems from not understanding how truly straightforward and simple the procedure is! While sedation options are available for particularly nervous patients, you’ll be happy to know the process starts by thoroughly numbing the area to ensure your comfort. From there, our team will use a special tool to gently rock the tooth back and forth. Once the ligaments surrounding the bones have disconnected, the tooth will be removed and gauze will be applied to the area to control any bleeding that occurs.
After the numbness wears off, it’s natural to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding within the first 24 hours. Fortunately, getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, sticking to soft foods, and following all your aftercare instructions will help keep you comfortable during your recovery. However, once you leave our office, it is important to watch for possible signs of infection, including fever, chills, and nausea. If these (or any other abnormal symptoms) arise, contact our office immediately.
If a tooth was extracted due to severe decay or infection, then it’s best to have it replaced to prevent bone loss or your adjacent teeth from drifting out of place. Thanks to innovations in dentistry and technology, there are a number of state-of-the-art tooth replacement options available to you to rebuild your smile. Once you’re healed, we would be happy to help you determine which solution is best for you!