There are many reasons why your dentist may recommend tooth extraction. Sometimes severely decayed teeth must be removed, others have been damaged by periodontal disease, or broken beyond repair. In other cases, teeth are positioned poorly in the mouth or need to be extracted to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of one tooth can lead to chewing problems, shifting teeth, or complications with the jaw joint. All of these issues can negatively impact your oral health.
Although tooth extraction in Sugar Land is always the last resort, in some situations it is necessary to protect your other teeth and safeguard your dental health.
During the tooth removal procedure, your Sugar Land dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, including the tooth, gums and jaw bone.
Patients experience a lot of pressure during the extraction process. This is due to the dentist rocking the tooth gently yet firmly back and forth trying to widen the socket for easy removal.
Since the nerves have been anesthetized, you will feel no pain, only pressure. In the event you do feel pain during tooth removal, alert your dentist immediately.
Some teeth do not lift easily from the socket and require sectioning. This procedure is frequently done when a root is curved or a tooth is anchored firmly in its socket. In these cases, the doctor cuts the tooth into sections and removes one piece at a time.
After tooth extraction in Sugar Land, TX, it is important to follow your aftercare instructions to control bleeding and help accelerate the healing process. Forming a blood clot is an essential part of stopping the bleeding and starting the healing. Bite down on sterile gauze for about 30–45 minutes immediately following the tooth removal procedure. After the clot has formed leave it undisturbed and allow the treatment site to heal.
If you believe that a tooth extraction may be right for you, contact our office for more information, or use our online booking form to schedule your appointment today!