IN LIBERTY HILL, TX
We, at River Ranch Family Dentistry, believe that permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and will do everything we can to save a tooth. However, at times, extraction is our only viable option. We are committed to providing quality care with your comfort and wellness being our top priority. You can always count on us!
Why Would You Need To Extract a Tooth?
If a tooth is too damaged by a fracture or cavity to repair, or if it has a severe infection that cannot be treated by root canal therapy, we may have no choice but to extract it. Periodontal disease may result in a loose tooth that we cannot save. Sometimes we need to remove teeth for required orthodontic treatments, an example of which is having a crowded mouth and needing to make the necessary space for successful teeth alignment.
Extraction of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, is a commonly performed oral surgery. Being so far in the back of your mouth, it is often not possible to clean them properly, resulting in cavities or gum disease, which in these cases, will likely need extraction. Furthermore, your wisdom teeth may be impacted, meaning they are trapped in the jaw and must be removed. At times, it’s best to take out all four wisdom teeth, which we usually do during one appointment.
What Should You Expect?
We will start the procedure by administering a local anesthetic and also offer sedation options to ensure you are relaxed. We may opt for general anesthesia if you are having all four wisdom teeth removed. We will do everything we can to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
After tooth removal, you may experience mild discomfort, which can be alleviated using an anti-inflammatory medication as instructed. Full healing may take a week or two. The gap left behind may result in neighboring teeth shifting, making it hard to chew and affecting your bite. We may recommend replacing a missing tooth with an implant or a bridge.
We will ask you to refrain from drinking through a straw or smoking for 48 hours after the procedure to prevent dislodging the clot forming in your tooth socket, which may cause a painful condition known as dry socket. Make sure to follow our post-operative instructions for the best outcomes.
Quality Care Starts Here
Visit us at River Ranch Family Dentistry to learn more about tooth extractions and all the quality services we offer. With highly experienced staff and care second to none, you can rest assured you are in good hands.