A tooth extraction, or the removal of a tooth, is usually a last resort in dentistry to correct severe tooth decay or crowded teeth. Natural teeth are ideal for chewing, biting, and maintaining jawbone and mouth structure, which is why our dentists prioritize restoring, saving, and repairing your natural teeth.
However, tooth extraction can eliminate bacteria and improve your oral health and is sometimes the best treatment option. Contact Main Street Dental to receive an accurate diagnosis from our doctors, learn about your treatment options, and receive cost estimates. We offer dental services including tooth extraction for patients in our local community of McGregor, TX and the surrounding areas.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction becomes necessary for various reasons. Our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth before extracting a tooth. We aim to keep your teeth intact.
If our doctors decide removing the tooth is the best option, we’ll make the tooth extraction as painless as possible. Common instances people need tooth extraction include:
- After an accident
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal or gum disease
- Correcting an overcrowded bite
- A badly damaged tooth
- The need to create space for orthodontic devices
- Tooth impaction (when the growth of one tooth pushes directly against another)
Despite the benefits of removing a tooth to correct a problem, an extracted tooth requires further replacement procedures. Leaving a gap may force surrounding teeth to twist out of alignment to fill the space.
What Happens During the Tooth Extraction Process?
Before a tooth extraction, Dr. Shultz or Dr. Raimondo will assess your affected tooth and surrounding gums. Once we’ve gathered all the information, we’ll discuss treatment and sedation options with you.
On the day of the extraction, our dentists will numb your teeth, gums, and jaw for a painless and comfortable procedure. Next, we’ll use surgical instruments to remove the tooth from the bone socket. In the case of surgical extraction, such as wisdom teeth removal, we’ll make an incision in the gums to access the tooth.
After the extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. Our dentists will have you bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding and ensure proper healing.
Sometimes, we may close the gum with one or more stitches and rinse your mouth. We’ll also provide instructions on how to care for extraction sites at home.
Contact us at Main Street Dental if you have questions and would like to learn more about tooth extractions in McGregor, TX.
Benefits of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction offers several benefits, including:
Relieves Severe Pain
Tooth extraction offers pain relief resulting from severe dental problems. After our dentists extract a decayed or infected tooth, you will be advised with post-op at home care while your body continues to fully recover for the next few days or weeks.
Helps with Overcrowding Issues
Overcrowded teeth tend to cause tooth misalignments. When the teeth overlap, cleaning becomes difficult, encouraging the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Prevents the Spread of Tooth Decay and Infection
Tooth extraction prevents infections from spreading to neighboring teeth and possibly surrounding tissues and bones.
If you have questions about tooth extraction or want to receive a diagnosis and learn about treatment options, contact Main Street Dental at (254) 840-2991 to schedule an appointment at our McGregor, TX office.