Tooth Extractions – Allen, TX
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In general, we do everything possible to fix and preserve your natural teeth. With training and experience in root canals and advanced restorative treatments, Dr. Anniece Ward takes pride in being able to save the vast majority of teeth. However, when the occasion calls for it, she can perform extractions with just as much skill and dedication. If you need a tooth extraction, our team will go above and beyond to make sure that you’re relaxed and comfortable during the entire experience.
Why Choose The Dental Den of Allen
for Tooth Extractions?
- Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation Available
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
- Gentle, Skilled Dentist with 15 Years of Experience
When Is an Extraction Necessary?
In some situations, removing a tooth is the best or only option to keep the rest of the patient’s smile healthy. Examples of these situations include the following:
- Because of severe decay or damage, the tooth cannot be restored with a dental crown.
- The patient’s teeth are overcrowded and in need of orthodontic care.
- A child’s primary (baby) teeth have not come out on their own and are interfering with the permanent teeth erupting properly.
- The patient has too many teeth to fit them all comfortably within the arch.
- Permanent teeth, usually wisdom teeth, are erupting at an angle or are pushing other teeth out of alignment.
Regardless of the reason, if Dr. Ward suggests an extraction, she will make sure that you fully understand the issue and all of your treatment options.
What Is the Extraction Process?
When we extract a tooth, we begin by numbing the patient so that they are pain-free. We can either remove the tooth using dental pliers or divide the tooth into smaller pieces for easier extraction. In some cases, we may need to surgically go into the gum tissue to make sure the entire tooth is taken out.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
Following your extraction, you don’t want to develop an infection or experience another complication, so it’s important to take care of yourself and heal properly. Here are some guidelines for aftercare that can help you during recovery:
- Keep clean gauze on the surgical site for several hours after the procedure, switching it out as needed.
- Get plenty of rest and refrain from strenuous activity for at least a few days.
- Allow a blood clot to form over the site.
- Avoid brushing your teeth for 24 hours, and then be careful not to disturb the site.
- Do not use a straw or smoke cigarettes for at least 48 hours. Any sucking motion can dislodge the clot and cause a painful infection called dry socket.
- Eat soft foods and slowly build back up to a normal diet over the course of two weeks.
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