Extractions

Natural teeth are best, and we believe that with the proper care, you can enjoy the comfort and reliability of your natural teeth for a lifetime. Of course, unforeseen issues can destroy even the best plans, despite our efforts.

When you face a dental extraction, our team of dentists and staff are here to support you, not only throughout your extraction, but with effective tooth replacement options as well.

When Extractions Are Necessary

In most cases, we can protect your natural teeth with restorative treatment such as fillings and crowns. In some cases, however, decay may have progressed too far or periodontal disease has caused too much damage for us to save your tooth. When this happens, we can provide you with comfortable tooth extractions in any of our three Houston area dental office locations.

We always make patient comfort a priority. If you are feeling apprehensive about your surgery, let us know so we can help you relax with nitrous oxide or other sedation dentistry options. 

Some other reasons why you could need an extraction include:

  • Overcrowding
  • Impacted teeth
  • Failed root canal therapy
  • Damage due to an accident or trauma
  • Orthodontics
  • Wisdom teeth

If you suspect you need an extraction, just call and set up an exam. We can walk you through all your options.

After Your Extraction

Once we remove your troubled tooth, we will provide some post-op information to assist with healing. Some general guidelines to follow:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Do not drink through a straw
  • Chew away from the surgical area
  • Stick to soft foods for a couple of days
  • Clean the surgical site gently

We may recommend certain rises to keep the area clean, and we can talk to you about over-the-counter medications to increase your comfort as you heal. The good new is that our mouths heal pretty quickly with the proper care and you can expect to feel better and better each day.

Tooth Replacement Options

If you have lost a front tooth or one that plays an important role in chewing, we will discuss ways to complete your smile. Some of these may include:

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed dental bridges
  • Partial or complete dentures

Wisdom teeth will not need to be replaced, but closing the gap in your smile with the proper dental restoration is essential to stabilizing your bite. Otherwise, your teeth could shift and create additional problems.

Are You Experiencing Dental Pain?

Call us right away. We will do our best to treat you on the same day and help you feel comfortable again. If you think you need a dental extraction, let us know! We will do our best to save your teeth, but when that is not possible, our gentle and compassionate dentists will help you make the best decisions regarding your oral health.