Our oral surgeons are experts at removing teeth and preserving your smile. At Trinity River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Willow Park, TX, we always do our best to use the most conservative yet effective treatment options, preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. In some cases, leaving a tooth in the mouth can cause oral health problems, and extraction is the best course of action. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo years of training to perform dental extractions efficiently and safely, and they can also help you choose the right tooth replacement option for your situation.
When are tooth extractions necessary?
A few different conditions can require an extraction. Some of the most common reasons patients receive tooth extractions include
- Gum disease (tooth loosening)
- Serious dental injuries
- Severe dental decay
- Overcrowded teeth or too many teeth in the mouth
- Overdue baby teeth
If your dentist thinks that you need a dental extraction, he or she will likely refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the procedure.
The Extraction Procedure
Once you’ve had a consultation with your oral surgeon and he has recommended an extraction as the best treatment for your condition, you can schedule your procedure.
Patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area and make sure they are comfortable throughout the entire process. For more extensive extractions, your oral surgeon may recommend IV sedation. Once you receive the appropriate anesthetic, your oral surgeon will remove the tooth. In the case of wisdom teeth removal, sometimes sectioning the tooth into smaller pieces makes the extraction process easier. Your surgeon will also be sure to eliminate all signs of infection after your extraction procedure.
Your empty tooth socket will take a week or two to heal completely, but most patients feel ready to return to their regular schedules after just a few days. In the meantime, you may want to prepare by having some soft foods to eat for the first couple of days. Your oral surgeon will be happy to give you a full explanation of your pre- and post-operative instructions before your procedure.
Tooth Extractions in Willow Park, TX
If you need a dental extraction and live near Willow Park, TX, feel free to give our office a call at (817) 441-5000. Our oral surgeon has years of experience removing problem teeth, and he can also discuss your tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.