No one wants to have a tooth removed, but there are times when this is necessary to preserve the health of the other teeth and gums. When a tooth extraction is the best option, Dr. Rosita Hamidi of Smile Time Dental of Houston puts her expertise to work, guiding patients through the tooth extraction process for optimal results. To find out if extracting a tooth will help resolve your dental issues and improve your smile, book an appointment online or call the office in the west side of Houston in Shadow Oaks now.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction, or dental extraction, is a process used by an experienced, medical professional to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone.
At Smile Time Dental of Houston, Dr. Hamidi performs a simple extraction to remove a visibly damaged tooth by loosening it and then pulling it out.
A tooth below the gum line requires a surgical extraction that involves making an incision into the gum to remove it. This latter option is appropriate for impacted wisdom teeth — wisdom teeth stuck in the jawbone — or a tooth that has completely broken off from the roots.
When is a tooth extraction necessary?
It’s always best if a tooth can be repaired or preserved, but in some situations, a tooth extraction is the most viable option. Some typical cases that may require tooth extraction include:
- A tooth that is extremely damaged by decay
- Very weak or loose teeth
- Two teeth coming in at the same spot
- Baby teeth that are preventing adult teeth from growing in
- Wisdom teeth that have not grown in properly
How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?
Beginning with a personal consultation with Dr. Hamidi is essential for getting the best results. She uses the latest imaging capabilities to determine the condition of your tooth and what is required to remove it. She will also discuss your preferences for sedation to make you feel comfortable during the procedure.
What happens after a tooth extraction?
The recovery time after a tooth extraction varies from one person to the next.
You may experience bleeding and discomfort immediately after the procedure, but this should start to resolve quickly. As such, Dr. Hamidi provides suggestions of things to avoid while your mouth is healing. But over time, you can expect your body to form a blood clot that fills in the gap left from the extraction.
To learn more about dental extractions and find out if this is the best option for you, book an appointment online or call the office now.