What is tooth extraction?
This is a dental procedure that is done to remove a broken or damaged tooth caused by decay. It is usually done when there is too much damage to a tooth or when the most part is already broken that it can’t be restored to the normal state again. It is one of the common dental services rendered by most dentists. At Smiles on Greatwood Dentistry, we provide this type of service for our clients.
Types of tooth extractions we perform at Smiles On Greatwood Dentistry
There are two main types of extractions, simple and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are done on a tooth where the dentist tends to loosen the tooth to be extracted from the associated gum tissue and bone to have an easy extraction. This type of extraction is usually done by elevators and dental forceps.
The surgical extraction is another type of extraction which is more complex in terms of time or duration and the procedures involved. This is usually done to remove an impacted tooth. The oral surgeon performing the procedure will make an incision to open up the path to access the impacted tooth. The surrounding bony structure close to the impacted tooth will also be removed so for easier removal of the wisdom tooth.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO HAVE AN EXTRACTION?
There are situations where there is blockage of radiation for the head and neck by a tooth. In such situations, they will have to be removed.
Extraction is done to remove the already affected tooth relating to a site of infection.
There are certain preparations required before any type of extraction can be done; this includes taking an x-ray and/or panoramic x-ray to help determine the best method for removing the tooth. The patient’s medical and dental history will be evaluated to plan for the type of medication that will be prescribed to the patient.
Post Procedure Care
Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery; you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call the dentist. Make sure to get plenty of rest when you return home. To prevent prolong bleeding, prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist may prescribe you pain medication if you become sore take as directed. An ice pack can be used to reduce swelling and help minimize the pain. Please follow the cleaning instructions provided to you by the dentist to clean the extraction site.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups
…and other foods you can eat without chewing.
When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call the dentist for a follow-up.
Contact us for Tooth Extractions in Sugar Land
In cases where you have a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be extracted, call us today at (281) 937 7530 for more information on this amazing dental solution. Dr. Akbar Jafferally, DMD here at Smiles On Greatwood Dentistry has over eighteen years of experience, our staff is always helpful and friendly. We do our best to accommodate our patient’s schedules and accept most insurance plans.
About Smiles on Greatwood Dentistry
I had two wisdom teeth pulled and everything went so smooth and quickly!
Dr Jafferally and his team were great, they made the entire experience easy and comfortable.
Dr. Jafferally (Floss Boss) and his team, Allie and Jay were amazing! I highly recommend for your dental care needs. I wish i can give 10 stars!
My extraction was quick and he made sure to fix problems he could foresee in the future. Overall good experience since I couldn't feel a thing!