Teeth Extraction in Houston, TX
If you have significant tooth decay that has damaged much of your tooth, have wisdom teeth that are impacting neighboring teeth, getting a dental implant, or your mouth is too crowded with teeth, Dr. Bosse may recommend getting your tooth extracted.
It’s natural to fear wisdom tooth removal but at Greenspoint Dental, you can be assured of a painless teeth extraction in Houston, TX. We have a professional and compassionate team that eases patient-anxiety before starting the extraction.
How we do it
When performing a teeth extraction, patients are given an anesthetic so they experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. How a tooth is extracted depends on the tooth’s location in the mouth.
Surface teeth are typically removed in one piece while teeth under the gum’s surface may be removed in many pieces. In the wisdom teeth extraction case, Dr. Bosse will put in stitches which will dissolve or be removed after a few day’s time.
After your tooth extraction in Houston, TX, Dr. Bosse will provide you with post-operative instructions to follow. Immediately after getting your teeth extracted, there can be some residual bleeding and swelling in the first 24 hours as the tooth socket heals. Applying an ice pack to your cheek can reduce swelling.
For the first few days, we recommend patients eat only soft or liquid foods such as soup, gelatin, or ice cream. Pointy or rough textured foods such as potato chips can irritate the empty socket. Avoid doing anything that involves a sucking motion such as smoking or using a straw.
Sucking motions interfere and delay healing time. Within one to two months, the gum tissue will grow in the space of the empty socket.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should not expect any discomfort or pain when your tooth is removed. This is because our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you are concerned about the injection, we can also apply a topical numbing agent. If a tooth has decayed, it may have dead nerve endings, thus further eliminating pain. Depending on the tooth’s condition, some users may feel a little pressure when the tooth is removed.
Once we have completed your tooth extraction, we will provide you with elaborate instructions for post-extraction care at home. These steps will help prevent any infections and speed up the recovery process. The recovery period is going to vary from one patient to another. The steps will include using ice packs, saline water, keeping head at an elevation, and avoiding certain food types.
Our dentist will check your dental health and recommend extraction if you have the following issues:
- Overcrowding: When your upper and lower jaws overlap.
- Teeth Alignment: In order to prepare for teeth alignment.
- Dental Decay: If you have a severely damaged tooth that cannot be treated with root canal procedure.
- Impacted Wisdom Tooth: Of your wisdom teeth get trapped under the jaw, causing pain.
- Damaged Teeth: If the tooth structure, nerves, and roots are damaged.
- Periodontal Disease: If diseases cause teeth loosening or weakening.
The procedure is done to remove the tooth and its root. The tooth root is the area within the gum line. The process will vary based on the dental issue and its severity. A basic extraction process involves numbing the gum and using special pliers to pull at the teeth. The gums are then sanitized and stitched for healing. The stitches will usually disintegrate after some time. Surgical extractions are usually conducted on impacted wisdom teeth. It may involve IV sedation.
After the extraction, we will place gauze on the site which may require slight pressure for a little time for the blood clot to form. You should take many precautions as aftercare. This includes avoiding smoking, alcohol, using straws, and carbonated drinks. If you have swelling, a cold compress at intervals of 20 minutes is recommended after 24 hours of the procedure. Cold liquids followed by soft foods are recommended for the first few days.
Once a tooth is extracted, it will leave a gap between your teeth. This increases the risk of the teeth shifting, causing the structure to weaken. So, it will be required to fill these gaps. You will have to visit our office for procedures including dental implants, bridges, and veneers. The type of procedure will depend on your dental condition.
The benefits you can expect from the procedure will depend on the reason why your dentist recommends the extraction. Most commonly, it will provide relief from any existing toothache. If you have a rotting tooth, extraction can prevent the rot from spreading to other teeth. If you have periodontal infections, it can help it from recurring, allowing the gum to heal. Tooth extraction may also be required to prepare the oral condition for reconstruction.
After your tooth extraction, it is important that you follow all the aftercare steps. If you don’t, it increases the risk of dry socket creation. The socket must have blood flow to ensure effective healing. If it becomes a dry socket, it can cause a lot of pain. If this happens, you must visit our office to get the socket cleansed.
The amount of time it takes for your gums to heal depends on the number of teeth involved, their location, and the severity of the procedure. Most of our patients recover within 7 to 14 days of the procedure. However, the full recovery time can be much longer. The recovery period will further depend on the rate of bone growth in your gums.
It is recommended to avoid the use of mouth wash for a few days. You should rather use warm salt water to rinse your mouth after the extraction. Once you swish the water, avoid spitting. Spitting can create a force/pressure that can dislodge the blood clot from the socket, creating the dry socket problem. The rinse must flow out of your mouth without creating any force of suction.