Tooth Extractions – Frisco, TX
Your Oral Health
Have you ever had a toothache so excruciating you couldn’t concentrate on anything else? If that’s the case, you might be suffering from a severe dental infection. In some cases, a prescription of antibiotics isn’t enough to alleviate your pain and cure the infection. We may have to extract the tooth entirely. Rest assured that if you end up needing a tooth extraction, our team at Stonebriar Smile Design will do our utmost to make the process as comfortable as possible. To learn more about tooth extractions in Frisco, TX keep reading below.
Why Choose Stonebriar Smile Design for Tooth Extractions?
Multiple Tooth Replacements
Powerful Sedation Dentistry
Highly Experienced Dentists
Why Would a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
One of our goals is to help our patients retain their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, sometimes extracting a problem tooth is just the solution your oral health may need. Here are some of the reasons a tooth extraction may be necessary:
- Severe tooth decay or damage has destroyed the tooth beyond repair
- The teeth are too crowded to safely undergo orthodontic treatment
- Room needs to be made for a full or partial denture
- A tooth is impacted, or stuck in the gumline
- Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often become impacted, crowded, or infected
How Does the Tooth Extraction Process Work?
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is only possible when the tooth has fully erupted through the gumline. First, we numb the area around the tooth and administer sedation if necessary to soothe your nerves. Then, we use a clasping tool to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free from the gum tissue.
When the tooth is impacted, we need to perform a surgical extraction. We likely need to make a small incision in the gums to access more of the tooth. In some cases, we may even need to break the tooth into smaller sections and remove them one at a time. Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different, and we’ll carefully plan out every detail and walk you through the process at your consultation.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
After your tooth has been removed, we’ll provide you with a personalized treatment plan to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. We aim to help you avoid complications and ensure your comfort as your smile heals, so we’ll outline a post-operative plain utilizing prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medications. We may also suggest applying a cold compress to your cheek in ten-minute intervals for up to an hour to curb swelling, reduce bleeding, and alleviate pain. In addition, we’ll provide you with aftercare tips such as how to brush and floss for the next few days, when and how to switch out your gauze, and how to gradually introduce a range of foods back into your diet. During your recovery, if you notice any of the following signs, give us a call right away:
- Increasing pain after the first two days
- Sensitivity near the extraction site
- Redness, swelling, or heat near the surgical site
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop after the first two days
Are you experiencing extreme tooth pain in Frisco? Schedule an appointment with us so we can examine your mouth and determine the cause of your discomfort. If we decide that a tooth extraction is what’s best for your oral health, we’ll make the process as easy for you as we can.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Whether your tooth has been compromised by extensive damage or it needs to be removed due to overcrowding, it’s natural to have questions about the procedure. What is the preparation like? Will there be a gap in my smile afterward? Does it hurt? Luckily, our team is here to answer all of these questions and more. In fact, we’ve responded to some of the most frequently asked questions about tooth extractions in Frisco right here!
How Should I Prepare for My Tooth Extraction?
Before your appointment, our Frisco dentist will provide you with a specific list of to-dos. This often includes things like what to eat the morning of, what medication to pick up, and which foods you should stock up on for the recovery process. If you’re receiving local or general anesthesia, then you will also need to arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home following your procedure.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Worried that the tooth extraction procedure will hurt? Then you’ll be happy to know that the first step is always the same: thoroughly numbing your mouth. Once the numbing agent wears off, you may experience some discomfort. While not always ideal, it is completely normal. The good news is that there are several ways to mitigate any soreness, including using a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time, getting plenty of rest, and taking an OTC pain reliever. If your symptoms worsen after the first two or three days, then get in touch with your dental team.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If the new gap is toward the back of your mouth, then you may be thinking that leaving it alone is a viable option. Unfortunately, this can lead to several complications, including a compromised bite and unwanted tooth movement. For these reasons, it’s always best to discuss your tooth replacement options beforehand. Depending on your dental needs, our dentist will recommend a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants. Each option is custom-made just for you and available in a wide variety of shades, ensuring your smile will look completely natural to both you and any onlookers.
What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
As mentioned above, there are three popular tooth-replacement solutions. The first is a dental bridge, which is designed to replace one missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. The second, and one of the most common options, is full and partial dentures. The third is dental implants, which are widely considered to be the most ideal. Not only are they designed to last for 20+ years with proper care, but they are also the only ones that replace both the root and crown of the missing tooth. Don’t worry – your dental team will review each of the available options during your initial appointment so you can ultimately decide which one is best for you.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
In short, no. Tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, can result in delayed healing. Therefore, you should avoid smoking for at least two weeks following the procedure. Forgoing this guideline can cause complications, requiring more time and money spent on restorative treatments.