Nobody wants to hear that they need a tooth extraction, and in most cases, preserving the natural tooth is the best route to take. But sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary to protect the remaining teeth. At West Creek Dental, we see tooth extraction as a treatment of last resort, but when it is truly needed, you can count on the experience and gentle touch of Dr. Poonam Gokhale.
If you have exhausted all other options and a tooth extraction is going to be the best course of action, give our South Austin, TX dental office a call. We will work hard to protect your oral health and eliminate your current symptoms or pain.
When It’s Necessary to Pull Teeth
If a tooth has become too damaged to repair, or if it is so badly infected that treatment is not an option, we may recommend a tooth extraction. If periodontal (gum) disease has progressed and your teeth are loose as a result, this will likely also warrant extraction. Sometimes crowding of the teeth is an issue, and so we might recommend extraction in these situations as well.
Types of Extractions
We can perform a simple extraction at our Austin, TX dental office when there is plenty of tooth above the gum line visible so Dr. Gokhale can remove the entire tooth.
If your tooth is impacted, that is, still lurking below the surface of the gums, we may be able to treat this, but it might require oral surgery. In these situations, Dr. Gokhale will most likely refer you to a trusted oral surgeon.
At West Creek Dental, we are trained to provide effective local anesthetic to ensure you have a painless procedure. When the extraction is necessary, you can rest assured you are in good hands with Dr. Gokhale. She and her team will go out of their way to ensure the best possible experience.
Caring for the Site After Tooth Extraction
Dr. Gokhale will provide you with specific self-care instructions that you should follow after your procedure to help promote healing that will include the following:
- Avoid chewing on the extraction site, sticking to liquids and soft foods in the days right after your extraction
- Don’t smoke or suck through a straw in the days following your procedure, or you will risk a condition called “dry socket” in which the blood clot forming at the site is compromised
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed
- Ice your cheek at the extraction site to help reduce any swelling
Tooth Replacement Options
Even extractions at the back of the mouth that are not visible when you smile need to be replaced with a prosthetic, such as a dental implant or dental bridge. If you have had all of your upper or lower teeth extracted, we can talk to you about your denture options.
If you need one or more teeth extracted, contact Dr. Gokhale at West Creek Dental for a gentle, comfortable procedure. Call us today!