Tooth Extractions – Baytown, TX
Put an End to Problematic Teeth
While no one wants to lose their teeth, sometimes extractions are the best option in order to maintain the health of your smile. Extractions are never your dentist’s first choice, but in certain situations, the preservation of your oral health may be dependent on it. This is why our team of skilled dentists at Aesthetic Family Dentistry offer tooth extractions in Baytown to put and end to problematic teeth before the situation becomes much more serious. To learn more about tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary
We always do our best to help patients keep their natural teeth, but sometimes it just isn’t a viable option. Here are some of the situations where a tooth extraction can help to improve your overall oral health and function:
- There is severe damage or decay to the tooth that cannot be repaired
- To allow for a patient to undergo orthodontic treatment and maintain the results
- For ensuring long-term success with a restoration, like a full or partial denture
- When a child’s baby tooth won’t fall out on its own
- When a tooth is impacted and unable to properly erupt
Ultimately, by extracting trouble teeth, future infections and other oral health issues are significantly less likely to occur.
The Process of Removing a Tooth
Teeth are generally removed by pulling or surgical extraction. Teeth can only be “pulled” when they have fully emerged from the gumline. In this case, we will numb the area around your tooth and use a clasping tool to shift the tooth around until it breaks away from the gumline. If pulling isn’t a possibility, the tooth will need to be surgically removed. For this procedure, a small incision will be made into your gums to allow us the ability to reach enough of your tooth and remove it.
To find out which extraction method will be necessary for you, come see us for a consultation where we can thoroughly evaluate your situation. In the process of discussing your extraction, we will also talk about tooth replacement options in order to prevent future oral health issues caused by tooth loss.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you head home from our office after your extraction, we will provide you with a specific aftercare plan to help you stay comfortable and avoid any complications. Every case is unique to the patient, but here are some steps that we will generally recommend for optimal recovery:
- Take any over-the-counter and prescribed medications as directed
- Rinse the mouth with saltwater 24 hours after your procedure to clean the site
- Avoid using tobacco products until your mouth has fully healed
- Do not drink using a straw
- When sleeping, lay with your head propped up on pillows
- Get plenty of rest
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling and discomfort
- Stay away from hard, crunchy, and sticky foods