When you have a tooth that suffers from severe decay or infection, or if you have wisdom teeth ready to erupt, then an extraction may be necessary. This safe and comfortable procedure could help protect your smile from further complications and discomfort. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the tooth extraction process.
Wisdom Teeth and Other Serious Issues
We have a number of reasons that could require a tooth to be removed. For example, as your child prepares to reach adulthood, we could remove the wisdom teeth, which are up to four new molars that arrive in the rear of the mouth. Taking them out prevents painful impactions, infections, and dental misalignment. We could take out a tooth to help facilitate orthodontic treatment, or to improve your ability to chew. We could also extract teeth that have become too decayed or infected, or too damaged, to be treated with a custom-made dental crown. Teeth could be taken out if they’re loosen by gum disease, or we could extract teeth to prepare your smile for the placement of dentures.
Sedation and Anesthetic
We also want you to feel relaxed and comfortable during your procedure, and this is especially true for oral surgery. Not only do we provide a local anesthetic for the area around the tooth, but we have sedation too. We could discuss the use of nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. The effects sometimes take time to wear off, so make sure a friend or family member is on hand to bring you home afterward.
The Extraction Process
Once you’re numbed and comfortable, we will then gently remove the tooth in question with a pair of forceps. This process takes as little as 30 minutes in some cases. We then suture the area closed and send you home with prescriptions for medications to facilitate a fast and comfortable healing period. For the first day, be sure you rest, avoid activity, don’t use straws, eat soft foods, and be very careful when you brush and floss. Don’t prod the site with your tongue either! If you have any questions about how we can use a tooth extraction to provide better oral health, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Removing Teeth?
Our team is ready to help improve the health, function, and even the beauty of your smile. If you have any questions about our oral surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.