Tooth Extraction Specialist

Anniece Ward, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

The Dental Den of Allen

Anniece Ward, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Allen, TX

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For expert extractions, turn to Anniece Ward, DDS, and the highly trained team at The Dental Den of Allen in Allen, Texas. They’re here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Schedule a consultation online or call the office.

Tooth Extraction Q&A

Why would my tooth need to be removed?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Severe gum (periodontal) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

How are extractions performed?

There are simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are just like they sound. They're simple! Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in your mouth. During this procedure, Dr. Ward will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. She will then use forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is typical with wisdom teeth. To perform a surgical extraction, Dr. Ward will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Dr. Ward gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, she might give you a general anesthetic. You'll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.

Since each situation is different, you should reach out to The Dental Den of Allen team to schedule a consultation to explore your options in addition to any important post-procedure treatments such as dental implants or crowns.

Call today or request an appointment online.