Tooth Extraction in Houston TX

Tooth Extraction

When the extraction of a tooth is required:

  1. The doctor makes an incision in the gums.
  2. The doctor removes the tooth.
  3. The area is stitched up and is allowed to heal.

An extracted tooth leaves an open area in the jaw, which, in time, allows the neighboring teeth to drift into the site of the removed tooth. Increasing space, in turn, causes a chain reaction to all the surrounding teeth. If you are considering placing an implant in the future, you should consider asking your dentist to place a bone graft at the time of surgery to preserve the bone width and height.

After Extraction Care

    Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one-quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.
    You should expect some minor bleeding following extractions. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
    You should apply an ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel to the operated area; one-half hour on and one-half hour off for 4-5 hours.
  4. PAIN
    For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If the doctor prescribes a specific pain medication, follow the instructions and not mix with other drugs unless approved by your doctor.
  5. FOOD
    A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
    Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to our office for their simple removal.
  7. If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.
  8. The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn't enough space for them to surface or come through in the wrong position.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth. Wisdom teeth typically appear around a person's mid-twenties but can erupt much later. If the wisdom teeth don't have enough space, symptoms can occur. The wisdom teeth may only partially erupt or might not come through at all.

Dentists designate wisdom teeth 'impacted' when obstructed from eruption into the mouth.

The tooth may lie at an angle and remain tipped against an adjacent tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems like pain and swelling; The mouth could ache when stretched open wide, or it may be challenging to open your mouth. Tenderness when chewing and biting may occur. Earaches may develop from the spread of pain in the mouth. Symptoms may be intermittent but can begin anytime without warning. If you are experiencing symptoms, it is best to get treatment 'usually removal' as soon as possible to avoid potentially expensive and painful complications.

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