Tooth Extractions – Oak Cliff, TX
The Last Resort to Protecting Your Oral Health
At Hampton Dental, it is our goal to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. Maintaining a healthy, natural smile is a goal we want for all our patients, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. When a tooth becomes severely decayed or damaged, or should it be necessary to remove teeth that can impact or cause potential harm to other nearby teeth, it’s time to consider your overall oral health and opt for a tooth extraction. Dr. Peramala and her team can carefully remove your tooth with ideal precision, ensuring you heal properly before discussing options for replacing the vacated spot, if necessary. Contact our office for questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peramala.
Do I Need a Tooth Extracted?
When it comes to determining if you need a tooth extracted, your dentist in Oak Cliff is the only individual who can assess the tooth in question and decide. There are many reasons you might need a tooth extracted, but remember, when it comes to a decayed or damaged tooth, only as a last resort will Dr. Peramala extract a tooth.
Some of the reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- Overcrowding: If you are preparing for braces and need teeth removed because there are too many in order to have a successful treatment.
- Infection: When a tooth is severely decayed, is weakened and cannot be saved with a root canal, Dr. Peramala will suggest a tooth extraction.
- Potential for infection: If you are battling a disease or condition that affects your overall health, it can weaken your immune system and make you vulnerable to infection. If necessary, it might be necessary for extraction.
- Gum disease: If gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, is present and has advanced into periodontitis, you might experience bone and tooth loss. Should your teeth become loose, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
Different Types of Tooth Extractions
Typically, there are two types of tooth extractions: wisdom teeth removal and multiple tooth extractions.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
As a rite of passage, many older teenagers and young adults experience what is known as wisdom teeth removal. These third molars are virtually unnecessary, and if they become impacted, can be extremely painful over time. If they are stuck in your jawbone, you are at an increased risk of developing an infection or tooth decay, and they can even shift your teeth out of alignment.
Dr. Peramala will decide if your wisdom teeth are a real threat to your oral health, and if so, she will remove them. Depending on the status of the teeth, it may require that she make a small incision in the gums and cut the teeth into pieces to successfully remove them.
Multiple Tooth Extraction
From decay to genetics, if you need multiple teeth removed, Dr. Peramala will discuss the entire process, as well as which restorative methods can be used to replace your missing teeth. Why it is important they be replaced? If your bone is left without something to stimulate it, it will begin to deteriorate and wreak havoc on your oral health. Not only can you experience facial collapse, but your teeth can begin to shift or loosen, and you are more vulnerable to gum disease.
Once your teeth are removed, there are steps you should follow in order to heal properly and successfully:
- To reduce bleeding, gently, but firmly, bite down on the gauze placed by Dr. Peramala. This will help a clot form at the site.
- Take any antibiotics and/or pain relievers as instructed.
- Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the extraction site.
- Rest for a few days after your procedure.
- Use ice or a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Do not brush the wounded area but continue to brush and maintain good oral hygiene in the rest of your mouth.
- Avoid using a straw or spitting in the first 24 hours, as this can cause the clot to dislodge