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Tooth Extraction Canton, TX

Mill Creek Dental is a conservative dental practice that focuses on preserving natural teeth whenever possible. However, sometimes, the best solution for your oral health is to extract a tooth. We provide tooth extraction as a general dentistry treatment in our office.

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Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

There are several reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary. One of the most common reasons is severe tooth decay. When left untreated, a cavity can damage the tooth extensively, which may require extraction. In cases where a filling or root canal is not possible or would not be effective, extraction may be the only option to prevent further tooth deterioration.
Another common reason for tooth extraction is overcrowding. Too many teeth in the mouth can cause crowding. This can lead to issues such as crooked teeth or bite problems. In these cases, extracting one or more teeth may be necessary to create more space in the mouth and allow the remaining teeth to align properly.
Impacted teeth are another common reason for extraction. They occur when a tooth is unable to fully erupt through the gums, often due to a lack of space or improper positioning. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection; we may need to remove them to prevent further complications.
In some cases, tooth extraction may be necessary for orthodontic reasons. For example, if a patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment and there is not enough room in the mouth for all teeth to align properly, extraction may be recommended to create space and allow for proper alignment.
In addition to these common reasons, there are other situations in which a tooth extraction may be necessary. For example, teeth that are severely cracked or fractured may require extraction if they cannot be repaired. Similarly, teeth that are severely infected or abscessed may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth or the surrounding tissues.

Tooth Extraction in Canton, TX

We start every treatment journey with a consultation in our office. The dentist must examine the problem tooth and how it affects the rest of your teeth. This allows us to determine if an extraction is necessary.

Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple extractions are routine procedures for teeth visible in the mouth. A general dentist usually performs these extractions using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. The dentist then uses a dental instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth in its socket and forceps to gently remove the tooth. Simple extractions are quick and relatively painless, and patients can usually resume their normal activities soon after the procedure.

Complex Tooth Extractions

Complex extractions are more complicated procedures for teeth that are not easily accessible or that are impacted. Impacted teeth are stuck under the gums or growing at an angle. Complex extractions may also be necessary if a tooth is broken or has extensive decay.
In complex extractions, the dentist may need to make an incision in the gums to access the tooth or break it into smaller pieces to remove it. An oral surgeon usually performs complex extractions and may require general anesthesia or sedation to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

To ensure the site heals quickly and correctly, following aftercare instructions is incredibly importat.

  1. Bite down on a gauze pad: After the extraction, biting down on a gauze pad is important to help control bleeding. Change the gauze pad every 30-45 minutes until the bleeding stops. Be sure to bite down firmly for at least 1-2 hours after the procedure. This allows a blood clot to form in the extraction site.
  2. Avoid rinsing or spitting: For the first 24 hours after the extraction, it is important to avoid spitting or rinsing forcefully. This can disrupt the blood clot and increase the risk of dry socket, a painful condition when the blood clot is dislodged.
  3. Take pain medication as prescribed: Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort after the extraction. Take the medication as directed and avoid taking aspirin, as it can increase the risk of bleeding.
  4. Apply ice packs: To reduce swelling and discomfort, apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a cloth to prevent frostbite on the skin.
  5. Eat soft foods: In the first 24 hours after the extraction, stick to a soft diet to avoid aggravating the extraction site. Good options include yogurt, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid crunchy, sticky, or hard foods that may irritate the extraction site.
  6. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol: Smoking can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It is best to avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after the extraction. Alcohol can also interfere with the healing process, so it is best to avoid it for the first 24 hours.
  7. Follow proper oral hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth gently, avoiding the extraction site. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals to help promote healing and reduce bacteria.
  8. Avoid touching the extraction site with your tongue or fingers. This can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
  9. Watch for signs of infection: Look for signs of infection, such as increasing pain, swelling, fever, or pus in the extraction site. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.

Schedule an Appointment

Do you think a tooth extraction may solve your dental problems? Call us to schedule an appointment.