Happy Woman Smiling After Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Houston, TX

At Adonia Dentistry, we believe your permanent teeth are meant to last you a lifetime. We are committed to treating problems with your teeth and gums to the fullest extent possible. However, irreparable damage sometimes leaves us with no choice but to extract an affected tooth. That's always a last resort after all other treatment options are exhausted.

Happy Woman Smiling After Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Houston, TX

At Adonia Dentistry, we believe your permanent teeth are meant to last you a lifetime. We are committed to treating problems with your teeth and gums to the fullest extent possible. However, irreparable damage sometimes leaves us with no choice but to extract an affected tooth. That's always a last resort after all other treatment options are exhausted.

What Are the Extraction Procedures?

There are two different procedures used to extract teeth. If a tooth is visible and easily accessible, we'll use an instrument called an elevator to loosen it and remove it with dental forceps in what's called a simple extraction. We'll numb the area with a local anesthetic, so you don't feel pain.

Sometimes a problem tooth is not visible or readily accessible. It may have broken below the gumline or may not have erupted fully. In that case, we may need to perform a surgical extraction. That involves making a small incision in the gum to access the underlying tooth and remove it. In some cases, Dr. Noufele may refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction procedure.

What Are the Reasons for Extracting a Tooth?

There are many reasons for tooth extraction, including the following:

Traumatic Damage: A tooth that's injured due to a traumatic accident may become loose, luxated, or sustain a fracture. We'll do everything we can to save the affected tooth. However, at times we may have no option but to remove the tooth.

Severe Tooth Decay: Tooth decay that's affected the pulp at the center of the tooth leaves it vulnerable to infection. If the tooth does not respond to root canal therapy, extraction may be the only option to protect the neighboring teeth.

Periodontal Disease: Periodontal or gum disease damages the structures that surround the teeth and hold them in place, including the gum tissue and bone. Advanced periodontal disease may cause loose teeth that may require extraction.

Overcrowding: If your teeth don't fit correctly in your mouth, you may end up with crooked teeth requiring orthodontic treatment. For your orthodontic treatment to be successful, you may need the selective extraction of one or more of your teeth to make room for the remaining teeth to shift into alignment.

Tooth Impaction: A tooth that's impacted, or stuck in the jaw, will most likely require an extraction. That's very common for wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, which are notorious for causing problems. Extracting wisdom teeth is one of the most common oral surgeries performed.

Once you have the problem tooth pulled out, healing will begin. A blood clot will start forming where the tooth's root was. It's critical that you refrain from smoking, spitting, or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours after the procedure to avoid accidentally dislodging that clot. Otherwise, you increase the risk of developing a painful complication known as dry socket.

We encourage you to follow the instructions we provide you to promote healing. If you notice increased swelling or pain at the extraction site or if you have any concerns, make sure to contact our office right away.

Tooth Extractions Near Me

Visit Adonia Dentistry in Houston, TX, if you have a damaged or painful tooth. Dr. Noufele and her team will do everything they can to save and restore the affected tooth. However, if you require a tooth extraction, you can always count on receiving the highest level of care. Contact our office for an appointment or request one online today!

Call us at 832.701.0027 or follow the link to request a time that fits your busy schedule. We'll contact you to confirm your appointment.