Tooth extractions are one of the most common dental surgeries performed today. Whether you need to have your wisdom teeth removed or have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, make an appointment with Dr. Ardalan Zahedi at Unique Smile Dentistry in Austin, Texas, for expert tooth extraction services. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
There are many reasons why you might need to have a tooth extraction, including:
If a tooth is so severely damaged or decayed that it puts your other teeth at risk or increases your risk of infection, extraction might be the best option to preserve your oral health.
Wisdom teeth emerge later than your other adult teeth, typically in your late teens or early twenties. It’s common for wisdom teeth to become impacted — stuck — in the jaw so they don’t erupt properly and cause swelling and infection.
Also, you may not have enough room in your jaw for your wisdom teeth. The extra teeth could push your teeth out of alignment and cause overlapping and other crowding issues.
Dr. Zahedi uses one of two approaches to tooth removal. A simple extraction is a technique where Dr. Zahedi uses specialized tools to grip your tooth and wiggle it loose before pulling it from its socket. However, if your tooth is impacted or broken at the gumline, Dr. Zahedi may need to perform a surgical extraction where he makes an incision in your gums to reach the impacted or broken tooth.
Dr. Zahedi performs extractions with both a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Dr. Zahedi will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth and the extraction site after your procedure. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after your extraction as you may still feel the effects of sedation.
Once you get home, you should rest and relax. You can usually remove the gauze after 30 minutes. You’ll want to eat soft or liquid foods for a few days, but avoid using a straw as the sucking on the straw can dislodge the clot in the socket. Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and pain.
You can brush and floss your teeth gently, taking extra care around the extraction site. You may also want to avoid over-the-counter mouthwashes for a couple of days after your extraction.
Call or schedule an appointment online today if you’re concerned you may need a tooth extraction.