The decision to perform a tooth extraction is based on the state of the tooth as determined by X-rays and an examination. Once establishing the status of the tooth, your friendly dentists at Hallock Family Dental are here to help you understand the procedure from start to finish. Whether your procedure is scheduled as part of an orthodontic plan, or you need emergency dental care, we’re here for you.
What is Tooth Extraction?
During a tooth extraction, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. If necessary, a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen may be administered to help the patient remain calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. Your comfort is our priority. A full extraction involves removing the tooth from the socket.
Why Might a Tooth Need Extracting?
A tooth may need removing for multiple reasons. The most common reason for removing a tooth is damage incurred from decay or injury. Infection is a serious problem if the pulp—the living tissue inside the tooth—is exposed. Orthodontal procedures may also require the removal of one or more teeth.
The exact procedure for tooth extraction depends on the patient’s circumstances and the state of the tooth. The dentist will administer a local anesthetic before beginning the work. Additional sedation is also available if needed. Once the tooth and jaw are thoroughly numbed, your dentist will begin removing the tooth. In cases wherein the tooth proves difficult to remove, it may need to be taken out in pieces.
What to Expect
Your dentist will talk to you about the procedure to be sure you understand the specifics of your tooth extraction. In general, you can expect to have anesthesia administered. The dentist will then wait for the medicine to take effect. The tooth is then gently loosened from its socket using various tools. After extracting the tooth, the dentist will rinse the socket and use gauze or other material to aid clotting. Afterward, you may be prescribed painkillers to keep you comfortable while the socket heals.
When to Visit a Doctor/Visit Us
Regular checkups will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Adults and children should visit their dentist at least twice a year for cleaning and checkups. Of course, if you’re suffering any pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, you should schedule an appointment right away. Hallock Family Dental also schedules tooth extractions and other care for walk-in emergency situations. Visit our Allen or Mckinney offices to schedule your appointment today.