Tooth Extractions – The Woodlands, TX
Doing What’s Necessary for Your Smile
At Solomon Dental Group, we believe in preserving as much of your natural smile as possible. Our team explores every option and procedure before considering the last resort—tooth extractions in The Woodlands, TX. However, there are situations where extraction is the best course of action, such as:
- Severe damage or decay leaves insufficient tooth structure to support a dental crown.
- Infection could spread from a tooth to other oral structures and tissues.
- Advanced gum disease makes teeth loose.
- Overcrowded teeth need orthodontic treatment.
- Baby teeth haven’t come out on their own and are interfering with permanent teeth.
If we recommend extraction, we will take the time to explain your situation and our reasons for this treatment.
Why Choose Solomon Dental Group for Tooth Extractions?
- All Dental Insurance Welcome
- Dental Implants or Other Replacements Available
- Several Sedation Options Offered
What to Expect Following a Tooth Extraction
Regardless of the reason for your tooth extraction, it’s important to heal properly from the procedure. Here are some of the things you need to do:
- Keep gauze on the site for a few hours and use a cold compress to control swelling.
- Allow a blood clot to form and stay on the surgical site as it heals.
- Gently rinse your mouth to keep the area clean.
- Resume brushing your teeth 24 hours after the procedure, but avoid the site.
- Eat soft foods and progressively work back to your normal diet over the course of a week.
- Avoid using a straw for a few days because the sucking motion can dislodge the clot and cause an infection.
- Do not use tobacco products for at least 48 hours.
- If necessary, consider and discuss your options for replacing your lost tooth with one of our dentists.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Do you have a tooth extraction coming up? You may still have some unanswered questions about the procedure, so we are here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about tooth extractions in The Woodlands. If you don’t see that information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Just give us call, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the treatment.
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried that it will be painful. The good news is that whether you are having one or several teeth extracted, numbing your mouth is always the first step. Some soreness and discomfort are likely following the procedure. To reduce this, closely follow your aftercare instructions to prevent infection and promote healing. If your pain worsens or you begin showing signs of infection, like a fever, give us a call so we can help.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
If the tooth that is getting pulled is toward the back of the mouth, many patients think that they don’t need to have it replaced. After all – no one can see it. The truth is that your teeth do much more than creating a beautiful smile. They are essential for proper chewing and clear enunciation. Even one missing tooth can make it difficult for you to chew. This can lead to poor nutrition and indigestion. It is recommended that once you are done healing, you schedule an appointment to see which tooth replacement option is ideal for you.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Since tobacco products can delay healing, it’s not a good idea to smoke immediately following a tooth extraction. It is recommended that you abstain from smoking for at least five days afterwards. However, if you are able, you should avoid smoking for two weeks. If you have had difficulty quitting in the past, feel free to talk to your dentist. This way, they can give you suggestions and help you to prepare in advance.
What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?
Fortunately, tooth extractions are considered to be extremely safe. With that being said, any dental procedure comes with some risks. With tooth extractions, the primary one is infection, which can spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. Dry socket is another risk, which can cause pain and delay the recovery process. To prevent these problems from occurring, your dentist will provide you with an extensive list of aftercare instructions, as well as some common symptoms to look out for.
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