No Need to Dread an Extraction
Getting a tooth removed isn’t at the top of the list of fun things to do, but if you do need one, it’s nothing to stress about. Extractions are low-risk, routine procedures that are relatively painless.
Many extractions can be handled by a dentist, but some cases may need to be referred to an oral surgeon, who specializes in extractions. The healing process is typically pretty quick.
Do I Need an Extraction?
An extraction typically happens if you have a damaged or decayed tooth that needs to be removed to prevent spreading and/or relieve pain. In some cases, there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth to fit with proper alignment. That’s another instance where extraction will be recommended.
Wisdom teeth removal is the most common type of extraction. When wisdom teeth are impacted, it prevents your teeth from growing in correctly. This is a procedure an oral surgeon typically will handle.
The Tooth Extraction Process
An extraction is a fairly quick process and usually follows these steps:
- Your dentist or oral surgeon will take x-rays, review them with you and talk you through the process.
- A local numbing agent is applied to the tooth, gum & bone.
- The dentist will remove the tooth using applied pressure. Throughout the actual extraction, you should feel only pressure, not pain.
Once the process is complete you will be sent home with some instructions. You may need to use gauze temporarily to keep the site protected. You may be given some pain medication to help with relief, but after a few weeks, the gums should fully heal.
You have the option to replace missing teeth with a bridge or denture. Learn more about our cosmetic and restorative options.
Schedule a San Antonio Tooth Extraction Consultation
Premier Dental Center San Antonio at Nacogdoches is a modern dental office inside 1604 that is now accepting new patients. If you are experiencing emergency dental pain or think you may need an extraction, contact us today. Depending on your situation, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.