Of course, everyone wants to keep all of their pearly whites intact. However, there are occasions in which it’s best for a tooth (or several) to be removed for the overall health of the mouth.
Reasons such as severe tooth decay, an impacted wisdom tooth, crowded teeth, or failure of a baby tooth to fall out when it should all require a tooth extraction.
Think you may need a simple tooth extraction in Spring? There are two types of tooth extractions. When a tooth is clearly visible above the gum line, and the dentist is able to remove it using forceps, the procedure is known as a simple extraction. If the problem lies deeper within the gum line, however, the gum tissue and/or bone may need to be removed in order to extract the tooth. This is known as a surgical extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is a common reason for tooth extraction at our practice. Wondering if you need wisdom teeth removal? Schedule an appointment with us today.
Considering a surgical tooth extraction in Spring? To surgically remove a tooth, the dentist will first either numb the affected area with a local anesthetic or, if multiple teeth are being removed at once, administer a general anesthetic that will leave you sedated throughout the surgery. An incision is made into the gum tissue to reveal the tooth, which is then gripped and loosened by being pulled back and forth. The tooth can be lifted out of the gums once it has been sufficiently loosened.
If it’s too firmly lodged in place to be removed in this way, it will be necessary to section the tooth into smaller pieces before being removed. It may be necessary to place sutures to close the area. When this is the case, we may use soluble sutures, which dissolve over time, so you do not have to make another appointment to have them removed.
After the extraction, you will need to treat the affected area with care as there may be bleeding. Your Spring, TX dentist may prescribe medications to help deal with pain and swelling and will provide you with specific instructions in handling the tooth extraction site.