Dentist in Houston explains reasons for tooth extractions
There are multiple reasons for tooth extractions. When decay or trauma causes severe damage, a dentist may need to remove the tooth. Insufficient space for wisdom teeth is a common reason for extraction. Orthodontic treatments may call for more space, requiring an extraction. Regardless of the reason, Vivid Dental in Houston, TX provides compassionate care throughout the process.
At our dental practice, know you are in gentle and caring hands. While we focus on the conservative side for treatment, we recognize a tooth extraction may be necessary. To help put your mind at ease, we will walk through the process from initial consultation to proper aftercare.
During a consultation, be prepared to discuss your medical history, and medications and supplements you may take. It is important to know this information as we work with you to devise a treatment plan.
We will provide a local anesthetic, and nitrous oxide is available if desired. We use special administration techniques to help keep the procedure pain and worry-free. We administer nitrous oxide through a comfortable nasal mask, putting you at ease for treatment. We refer to this sedative as “laughing gas.” This sedative is given in conjunction with the local anesthetic.
For treatment, we first administer the local anesthetic. Next, we will protect the surrounding teeth and tissues, before extracting the tooth. The procedure can be simple, quick, and painless. Following removal, we will provide aftercare instructions.
It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort after treatment. Ice packs or cold compresses help decrease the swelling. We may advise you to:
- Relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure, and limit activity.
- Avoid drinking from a straw for at least 24 hours after treatment.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, pudding, and yogurt the day after the extraction.
- Avoid hot liquids, crunchy foods, and carbonated soft drinks for two to three days after the procedure.
- Prop your head with pillows while lying down.
- Avoid the extraction site while brushing and flossing teeth.
Do you think you may be a candidate for a tooth extraction? If so, do not delay treatment. Call 281-809-4902 to schedule a consultation appointment.