Teeth Extraction

The Heights, Houston, Texas

Dental extraction is a common dental practice that involves the removal of a tooth from its socket. Both the crown, which is the visible portion of the tooth, and the tooth roots are removed. Teeth that have fully erupted are generally removed through an extraction process which involves using specialized tools to lift or pull the tooth from its socket. Teeth that have not yet erupted are removed surgically, often with the patient under anesthesia to prevent discomfort. 

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Houston Texas

Looking for a dentist for wisdom teeth removal near you? The most often performed type of teeth removal is for wisdom teeth. They can often become impacted and stuck in the jaw and can cause many other teeth to move if they are not successfully dealt with. Due to it being so far back in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean, resulting in cavities, gum problems, or infection. In Houston wisdom teeth surgery procedure has become very commonplace just call us today at 713-331-3177 to schedule an evaluation, to see if getting your wisdom teeth extracted is best for you.

How do I know if I need a dental extraction in Houston?

A teeth extraction is usually performed as a last resort when tooth is too badly damaged to be saved, there is associated severe gum disease, infection, or when leaving the tooth in the mouth will cause more harm than good. 

There are four primary reasons why you might need to have a tooth extracted:

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the erosion of the tooth by acids secreted by oral bacteria. Decay begins as a small cavity, usually, your dentist will remove the decay and place a dental filling, enabling you to keep the tooth in your mouth. However, if you do not detect and treat a cavity soon enough, the decay can become worse, weakening the tooth. There may not be enough healthy tooth structure left to support a filling or a crown. In this case, to alleviate pain and prevent the decay from spreading to other teeth, it is common to decide to have the tooth extracted.

Tooth Damage

Teeth that are chipped or cracked in an accident can often be restored with dental bonding or a crown. However, if the chip or crack extends into the tooth pulp, which is the innermost layer of the tooth, it may not be possible to repair the tooth, and extraction may be the best option. At times there may be an attempt to restore badly damaged teeth, but infection or decay will set in, then making a tooth extraction necessary.

Dental Abscess of Dental Infection

A dental abscess is an infection of the tooth root and the surrounding tissue. In many cases, dentists can save an abscessed tooth by performing a root canal, in which the infected material is removed from your tooth roots. However, the most serious abscesses can cause extensive damage to the tooth roots, making it unwise to leave the tooth in the mouth. In this case extracting the tooth to prevent infection from spreading to other teeth and into your jaw bone is usually recommended.

Misalignment or Crowding

The other reason to have a dental extraction performed is if your teeth are crowded or badly misaligned. Some people have jawbone structures that are not large enough to accommodate all of their teeth. In this case, a dentist may extract one or more teeth before referring the patient to an orthodontist for alignment procedures. As mentioned earlier, many people also have their wisdom teeth extracted to prevent crowding. The jawbone is often not large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth, so they either end up impacted in the jawbone and need to be extracted surgically, or they perhaps erupt at an improper angle and need to be removed with a simple extraction procedure.

Tooth extraction procedure 

Patients often fear having a tooth extracted, but modern anesthetic techniques make the procedure far more comfortable than most people realize. There are two basic types of teeth extractions. A simple extraction is performed when the tooth has erupted through the gums, and a surgical extraction is performed when the tooth is either broken, severely decayed, or has not yet erupted through the gums.

Simple Extraction

The first step is that your dentist will begin by injecting some local anesthetic into your gums. Over the next few minutes, the portion of your mouth surrounding the tooth to be removed will go numb. If you are anxious about the procedure, your dentist may also inform you of other sedation dentistry options available. Once you are numb, your dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth up, exposing the ligament that holds it into place. They may rock the tooth back and forth to create more room in the socket. Then, a tool called a forceps, which looks like a tweezers, will be used to pull the tooth from the socket. Your dentist may apply a stitch or two to hold the socket closed and accelerate clotting or alternately may pack the area with gauze to absorb the blood. Most patients are able to drive home once the bleeding has slowed down. If you took an oral sedative, you will need to have someone drive you home.

Surgical Extraction

If you require a more invasive surgical extraction, your oral surgeon may administer an anesthetic so that you are unconscious during the procedure. They will then cut away the bone and connective tissue that hold the tooth in place. The tooth may need to be broken into chunks and removed one piece at a time. The socket will usually be stitched closed. When you wake up, your mouth will be packed with gauze to absorb the blood. You will need to have someone drive you home as the anesthesia will wear off slowly over the next few hours.

After a teeth extraction 

Your dentist will likely prescribe pain medication to help with discomfort for the days following the extraction. You will need to stick to soft foods for a few days, but as you heal, you can slowly start introducing harder and chewier foods into your diet. Most patients are able to resume their normal diet within one to two weeks.

Caring For the Extraction Site

To encourage the extraction site to heal properly, your dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth with saltwater several times per day. The salt helps kill oral bacteria, and reduces inflammation and discomfort. Brush your teeth as normal following your teeth extraction, but be very gentle in the area surrounding the empty socket. To alleviate pain, you can also hold a cold compress against the outside of your cheek or sip chilled beverages. Sleeping with your head elevated can reduce inflammation and pain. Do not drink through a straw or smoke while you are recovering from a teeth extraction. The suction created by these activities can dislodge the clot that forms in the empty tooth socket, leading to a condition known as dry socket. Dry socket is very painful, and it slows down the healing process. Your dentist can apply special dressings to a dry socket to reduce the pain and help accelerate the healing. Depending on the situation, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help patients recover from the procedure. The antibiotics help fight off and prevent infections in the tooth socket and surrounding tissues. 

Tooth Replacement Options

If your tooth was extracted due to decay or an abscess, your dentist will want to discuss tooth replacement options once the empty socket has had time to heal. If there is adequate jaw bone, dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option and consist of a metal screw that is surgically implanted in the jawbone to replace the tooth root, along with a porcelain crown that replaces the visible portion of your tooth. Implants help prevent the bone around the empty tooth socket from deteriorating as it puts pressure, initiating bone cell activity, on the bone the same way a natural tooth would. Once you heal from implant surgery, the implanted tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth. 

Cost of a Teeth Extraction 

Teeth extraction is an affordable dental treatment, usually costing between $75 and $300, depending on the condition of the tooth and surrounding tissues. A complex surgical tooth extraction under anesthesia may cost significantly more, depending on the degree to which the tooth is impacted. Dental insurance usually covers the cost of teeth extraction procedures.

Teeth Extraction Near Me

If you have a badly decayed or infected tooth, or if you need your wisdom teeth extracted, call Houston Dental Oasis today at 713-331-3177 to schedule an appointment.  We offer tooth extraction to patients from The Heights, Greater Heights, Independence Heights, Garden Oaks, and Oak Forest areas,